Ankush Bahl signs as Inaugural Festival Music Director

Published: October 2, 2017 | Back to All News

Maestro Bahl, assistant conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, will join Ivy Orchestra as the first conductor of the Ivy Orchestra Festival in March of 2018. He will lead the orchestra through rehearsals and the concert. Quoted below is an excerpt from his bio:

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.

In 2011, Bahl began a 2 year appointment with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. under the mentorship of Christoph Eschenbach. As a result of his work with the orchestra and his contributions to the D.C. community, Bahl was renewed in 2013 for an additional 2 seasons. During his time with the NSO, Bahl conducted over 100 performances including his NSO debut in 2011, his subscription concert debut in 2012, his Wolf Trap debut in 2013, the inaugural concert of the Rubenstein Family Organ for the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, numerous run out concerts for the NSO’s In Your Neighborhood program, and his annual Young People’s Concerts which educated over 24,000 students each year. In addition, Bahl was the primary conductor for the NSO’s Beyond the Score series and in February 2013, he stepped in on hours notice for an ailing Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos in a performance that included Respighi’s Pines of Rome and featured mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor and pianist Daniil Trifonov.