Welcome to the website of Kenneth Woods

Welcome to the website of Kenneth Woods

Conductor, cellist, composer, author and guitarist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of Ensemble Epomeo. A frequent broadcaster, his blog, A View from the Podium, is one of most popular classical blogs in the world today.

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Ken's Recent Recordings as Conductor and Cellist

Elgar arr. Fraser- Piano Quintet and Sea Pictures, Kenneth Woods, English Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra

“…gorgeous depths of tone…a worthy addition to the Elgar canon” Classical Music Magazine

Kenneth Woods and English Symphony Orchestra- Krenek Piano Concerti, vol. 1

“A witty and mercurial masterpiece. Electric performances, all.” The Sunday Times

Gál and Mozart- Piano Concerti with Sarah Beth Briggs

Kenneth Woods conducts the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the world-premiere recording of Gál's beautiful and virtuosic Piano Concerto. Coming May 6 from Avie Records

Kenneth Woods and English String Orchestra- Deborah Pritchard “Wall of Water”

"Every now and then, a new work comes along that simply takes one's breath away... a wonderful performance of a wonderful concerto Very, very strongly recommended." Gramophone Magazine

Hans Gál- The Four Symphonies

“The Orchestra of the Swan provide a quietly compelling account, relishing the many solos, duos and textural intricacies that Gál wrings from his orchestra.” – Gramophone, Editor’s Choice

“Beautifully played…transcendent…this orchestra seems to breathe together.” – BBC Music Magazine

Ensemble Epomeo- Schnittke, Penderecki, Kurtàg and Weinberg String Trios

"For its second disc – generously filled, and rewardingly programmed – string trio Ensemble Epomeo focuses on music composed in Eastern Europe and Russia in the late 20th century, playing with a remarkable intensity and elegant assurance throughout." The Strad