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About Thornton

Grant Gershon

Grant Gershon is the Artist Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and also serves as Resident Conductor of the LA Opera. During his tenure with the Chorale, he has led over 100 performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, including virtually all of the major works in the choral repertoire. A champion of new music as well, Mr. Gershon has led world premiere performances of major workds by John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Gabriela Lena Frank, David Lang, Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Chinary Ung, among many others. He has recorded 5 CDs with the Chorale: Glass-Salonen (RCM), You Are (Variations) (Nonesuch), Daniel Variations (Nonesuch), A Good Understanding (Decca), and a second Decca CD of works by Henryk Górecki. Mr. Gershon’s live performance of Daniel Catán’s opera Il Postino (featuring Plácido Domingo) was recently released on DVD by Sony Classical. Mr. Gershon has appeared as guest conductor with the National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the LA Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera and Minnesota Opera. In New York he has appeared on the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center and on the Making Music series at Zankel Hall. Other major appearances include performances at the Ravinia, Aspen, Ojai, Edinburgh, Helsinki and Vienna Festivals. He has worked closely with many leading conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Gershon was named Outstanding Alumnus of the USC Thornton School of Music and is a member of the Board of Directors of Chorus America.