Emerging onto the international stage over the past two years, Kensho Watanabe is fast becoming one of the most exciting and versatile young conductors to come out of the United States. Most recently, Kensho was recognized as a recipient of a Career Assistance Award by the Solti Foundation U.S. He held the position of Assistant Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2016 to 2019, and during this time, made his critically acclaimed subscription debut with the Orchestra and pianist Daniil Trifonov, taking over from his mentor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Mr. Watanabe’s ‘19-’20 season has included debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Equally at home in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Mr. Watanabe has led numerous operas with the Curtis Opera Theatre, including Puccini’s La bohème and La rondine, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Mr. Watanabe will make his Metropolitan Opera debut in the ‘20-’21 season with Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.