Kenneth Weiss

American harpsichordist and conductor (New-York -)

Kenneth Weiss is very actively involved in Baroque music and leads an international career as a conductor and harpsichordist.

Born in New York City and graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, Kenneth Weiss earned a Bachelor's Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, then he pursued his harpsichord studies with Gustav Leonhardt at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. In 1989, he won the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, before becoming Musical Assistant to William Christie at Les Arts Florissants, from 1990 to 1993.

As a conductor, he worked with dancer and choreographer Trisha Brown, as well as with Jiri Kylian for new productions at La Monnaie, in Brussels, and at the Paris Opera. He was also responsible for the musical direction of a new stage production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Aix-en-Provence European Music Academy, also performed at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in July 2006. He conducted the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire at La Folle Journée music festival held in Nantes, in Handel's Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks.

In parallel to his career as a conductor, Kenneth Weiss also performs as a soloist in numerous festivals, such as the Aix-en-Provence Festival, La Roque-d'Anthéron Festival, The Ambronay Festival, at Wigmore Hall in London, Lausanne Bach festival, Bamboo Organ Festival in the Philippines. His releases are highly acclaimed, especially his interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations, on the Satirino Records label. Kenneth Weiss teaches chamber music at the Paris Conservatory, as well as at the Juilliard School in New York City.

Six landmark dates in the life of Kenneth Weiss

1989: he won the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges

1990: musical Assistant to W. Christie at Les Arts Florissants until 1993

1999: musical director of Trisha Brown's M.O., a ballet on Bach’s Musical Offering, (performed at La Monnaie in Brussels)

2001: Satirino Records released the first CD from a set of harpsichord recital records

2006: musical director of a new stage production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Aix-en-Provence European Music Academy

2009: musical director of the Danish orchestra Concerto Copenhagen with Handel's Brockes Passion for the Spanish Cathedrals Festival.

Biography from the music library, December 2013