Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl is recognized for his impressive technique, thoughtful interpretations, and engaging podium presence. Recent and upcoming appearances include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, London Symphonia, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New West Symphony, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Ivy Orchestra, Orchestre national de France, Orquesta sinfónica nacional de México, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Throughout recent seasons, Mr. Bahl has been a frequent cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden, having assisted both him and other venerable guests at Lincoln Center, on tour, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Bahl is a recipient of four Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards, as well as the 2009 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship. A protégé of Kurt Masur, Mr. Bahl served as Mr. Masur’s assistant conductor at the Orchestre national de France, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. It was in this capacity that he was called upon to step in for Mr. Masur for two performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
From 2011 to 2015, Ankush Kumar Bahl was assistant conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. During his tenure, Mr. Bahl conducted more than 100 performances, including his subscription and Wolf Trap debuts, numerous runout concerts for the In Your Neighborhood program, and the annual young people’s concerts, which educated more than 24,000 students each year.