American conductor and cellist Kenneth Woods studied conducting at the University of Cincinnati - College-Conservatory of Music, and at various summer institutes and workshops. His conducting teachers include Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Jorma Panula, Murry Sidlin, Robert Spano and Gerhard Samuel.
In 2009 he became principal guest conductor of the Orchestra of the Swan in England, making a series of recordings and first performances.
In 2013 he became principal conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, and in 2016 became the orchestra's artistic director. He has expanded the orchestra's role in commissioning, recording and giving first performances of new work, and he introduced the orchestra's John McCabe Composer in Association.
In the USA he has been music director of the Oregon East Symphony since 2000, and in 2015 he became artistic director of Colorado MahlerFest.
Woods is also active as a cellist and as a broadcaster and writer about music.
Further information: kennethwoods.net
CD Spotlight. A British Tint - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to two recent orchestral works by British composer Philip Sawyers. 'The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Kenneth Woods, gives masterly performances of the two pieces.'
Classical music news. The Elgar Festival - An annual celebration of the great British composer takes place in Worcester and Malvern, UK, during May
Classical music news. Adrian Williams - The English Symphony Orchestra announces Adrian Williams as its John McCabe Composer-in-Association for 2019/20
Ensemble. Venus Unwrapped - Keith Bramich is impressed by Noriko Ogawa, Kenneth Woods and the strings of the English Symphony Orchestra
CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
CD Spotlight. View from the Celli - Philip Sawyers' Symphony No 3 impresses Alice McVeigh. 'Pummelled strings rise turbulent beneath great brass chords: the entire fisting orchestra soars, confident, triumphant and united at last.'
Ensemble. A view from the pit - John Joubert's 'Jane Eyre', praised by Alice McVeigh
Ensemble. Fresh and Original - John Joubert's opera 'Jane Eyre', experienced by Roderic Dunnett
Ask Alice - On Deborah Pritchard's 'Wall of Water', with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
CD Spotlight. Great Accomplishment - Music by Philip Sawyers, appreciated by Robert Anderson. '... a very cogent argument.'
CD Spotlight. Neo-classical Verve - Music by victims of the Nazi death camps, heard by Howard Smith. 'Worth its weight and then some, in Euros.'