Ankush Kumar Bahl

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    NSO In Your Neighborhood: H Street NE and Capitol Hill

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    NSO In Your Neighborhood: U Street, Howard University, Shaw, and Logan Circle

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    Understanding the Music: Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances

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    Understanding the Music: Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

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    Understanding the Music: Berlioz's Roman Carnival

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    Understanding the Music: Dvorák's Larghetto from Serenade in E major for String Orchestra, Op. 22

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    Understanding the Music: Strauss's Thunder and Lightning Polka

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    Understanding the Music: Stravinsky's The Firebird

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    Watch an excerpt of Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances

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    Watch an excerpt of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major

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    Watch an excerpt of Berlioz's Roman Carnival

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    Watch an excerpt of Dvorák's Serenade in E major for String Orchestra

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    Watch an excerpt of Haydn's Allegro spiritoso from Symphony No. 83 in G Minor

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    Watch an excerpt of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee

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    Watch an excerpt of Stravinsky's The Firebird

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    Watch an excerpt of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor



Biography

Now in his fourth season as Assistant Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, Ankush Kumar Bahl has, in recent years, made appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, National Opera Orchestre de Nancy, Copenhagen Philharmonic, as well as many additional concerts in the U.S. and Europe.  This upcoming season, Bahl will debut with orchestras in Canada and South America as well.  Mr. Bahl is a proud recipient of 2011 and 2013 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards and the 2009 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship. 

Highly praised by the New York Times after both his Carnegie Hall debut and at the 2009 Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar, Mr. Bahl also drew the attention of Kurt Masur who then offered Bahl the opportunity to study and work with him as an assistant at the Orchestre National de France, at the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Highlights of his NSO engagements include his NSO debut in 2011, leading the Season Preview Concert, his subscription concert debut in 2012, his Wolf Trap debut in 2013 and his Young Peoples Concerts, which educate over 24,000 students each year.  Bahl is also becoming a familiar figure around Washington, leading the NSO in performances at Columbia Heights Educational Campus, Lincoln Theatre, the National Institutes of Health, and more, as part of the community engagements programs NSO In Your Neighborhood and NSO Sound Health. In his first three seasons he has appeared in more than 70 performances with the NSO with another 26 scheduled for the current season.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Bahl received a double degree in music and rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and completed his master's degree in orchestral conducting at the Manhattan School of Music with teachers Zdenek Macal and George Manahan.  Mr. Bahl's mentors and primary conducting teachers have included Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Kenneth Kiesler, Alasdair Neale, and David Milnes.  Bahl has also been fortunate to conduct in master classes with Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, David Robertson, James Conlon, Sergiu Comissiona, Gunther Schuller, Gustav Meier, Larry Rachleff, David Effron, Michael Stern, and Jorma Panula.  For inquiries and additional information about Mr. Bahl, please email Stefana Atlas at stefana@stefanaAtlas.com.
Ankush Kumar Bahl

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