Thanks to Scott Spiegelberg for mentioning my blog on his very readable site Musical Perceptions.

I’m touched to know I still qualify as a young conductor at 38. The definition of a young conductor has changed radically in the last 10 years. 50 used to be young and up-and-coming, now 25 is over the hill.


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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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