Indian-American conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl is recognized today by orchestras and audiences alike for his impressive conducting technique, thoughtful interpretations, and engaging podium presence. In concert he has left The Washington Post “wanting to hear more” and has been praised by The New York Times for his “clear authority and enthusiasm” and ability to ‘inspire.’ His guest conducting highlights include core classical repertoire performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, New West Symphony, London Symphonia, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, as well as return engagements with the Omaha Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Washington, D.C. Bahl also has had prestigious summer festival engagements with the Copenhagen Philharmonic at Tivoli, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institute, and at Wolf Trap with the NSO. Most recently, Bahl has been a regular assistant conductor to Maestro Jaap van Zweden at the New York Philharmonic and this season, he will make his debut conducting the Philharmonic’s first-ever family benefit concert for children.
Bahl is a proud recipient of four separate Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards between 2011 to 2016 and of the 2009 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship (Leipzig). A protégé of former New York Philharmonic Music Director Kurt Masur, Bahl served as his assistant conductor at the Orchestre National de France, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. In addition to Maestros Masur and van Zweden, Bahl has been fortunate to count Zdenek Macal, Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman, and Gianandrea Noseda among his mentors.