Omaha Symphony names Ankush Kumar Bahl music director

Posted on: June 24, 2020

“A sought-after guest conductor who has impressed audiences in New York City, Washington, D.C., and beyond will become the new music director of the Omaha Symphony,” writes Betsie Freeman in Wednesday’s (6/23) Omaha World-Herald. “Ankush Kumar Bahl was named music director-designate of the symphony Wednesday morning. He has a bachelor’s degree in music and rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Manhattan School of Music. He will replace Music Director Thomas Wilkins, who has one more year in Omaha…. Bahl has conducted premier orchestras … including the New York Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony,” as well as Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France. “He was the guest conductor for an Omaha Symphony concert last October. A 15-member committee made up of Omaha Symphony board members, community leaders and musicians selected Bahl after an extensive three-year search…. ‘When I first met the orchestra, the connection truly was instant,’ Bahl said…. He will take over for Wilkins a year from August for the 2021-22 season…. Bahl can’t wait to partner with other organizations and plans to become immersed in everyday life here.” Bahl participated in the League of American Orchestras’ 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.