Kenneth Kiesler is one of the most prominent conductors of his generation, and one of the world’s most sought-after mentors to conductors. He has won numerous awards and is the 2011 recipient of the American Prize in Conducting. He has been director of orchestras and professor of conducting at U-M since 1995. He is also the director of the conducting program of the National Arts Centre of Canada, director of the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, and music advisor and conductor laureate of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. His latest recording with the University Symphony Orchestra, Evan Chambers’ orchestral song cycle The Old Burying Ground, was released on the Dorian Sono Luminus label in 2010.
Barbara Nissman is a performer, writer, lecturer, and frequent guest artist/teacher. She has toured and given master classes throughout the world. Nissman received her BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Michigan. Well known for her recordings of the complete solo works and piano chamber works of Ginastera, Nissman is also the dedicatee of the composer’s final composition, the Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 54 (1982), which was commissioned by the University of Michigan.