Hailed by the New York Times as an “energetic” conductor who leads with “authority and enthusiasm,” Ankush Kumar Bahl is recognized today as a conductor with unassailable technique, thoughtful interpretations, and affable podium presence. Bahl has made, in recent years, appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the National Opera Orchestre de Nancy, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony; among others in the U.S. and Europe. This season, Bahl will expand his international presence with debuts in Canada, Mexico and South America. This summer, Bahl will appear once again with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and make his debut with an all Mendelssohn program at the Chautauqua Institute. Mr. Bahl is a proud recipient of the 2013 and 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards as well as the 2009 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship.
Discovered in 2009 by New York Philharmonic Music Director Emeritus, Kurt Masur, Bahl soon became Masur’s most trusted protégé. Masur’s mentorship continued after Bahl was hired to be an assistant conductor at the Orchestre National de France, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. It was in this capacity that Bahl began a relationship with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and was called upon to step in for Maestro Masur for two performances of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony.