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Kenneth Schermerhorn

  • Nashville Symphony Music Director and Conductor for 22 years
  • Led the Symphony to Grammy-nominated recordings that broke international sales records
  • The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is named in his honor

The Nashville Symphony's music director and conductor led the orchestra to national and international prominence during a remarkable 22-year tenure. A professional musician by the age of 14, he studied with, and served as assistant to, Leonard Bernstein, leading to positions with orchestras and performance companies around the world. Maestro Schermerhorn joined the Nashville Symphony in 1983. Under his leadership, the Symphony recorded Grammy-nominated CDs that broke international sales records and undertook its first East Coast tour, which culminated in a stunning debut at Carnegie Hall in 2000. The Nashville Symphony dedicated the world-class Schermerhorn Symphony Center in his honor.

Maestro Schermerhorn passed away in 2005.

Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on November 5, 2006.