Recently appointed as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony, Japanese-American conductor Ken Yanagisawa is an active performer based in Boston, Massachusetts. A recipient of the Yale University Joseph Lentilhon Selden Memorial Award and the Stanton Wheeler Award, Ken was selected as one of three Fellows to attend the Pacific Music Festival Conducting Academy in 2017 where he studied with Jun Märkl, and made his European debut with the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2018.
Ken recently completed a research residency at the Kyoto City University of Arts, holds a Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Conducting from the Manhattan School of Music, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University under the guidance of James Burton. While a student at MSM, he was selected to participate in the Manhattan School of Music / Leonard Slatkin Conductors Project and was subsequently invited to work with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as a Conducting Fellow in March 2020. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale University, and prior to Yale he attended the New England Conservatory as an Undergraduate Diploma candidate for Oboe Performance under the tutelage of John Ferrillo.
In addition to music performance, Ken has experience working as an artistic administrator for the New York Philharmonic and as a freelance photographer. His work has been published in TIME, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Playbill, the Chronicle of Higher Education, YES! Weekly and the Yale Daily News.
(As of December 2021)