Michael Stern Biography

Michael Stern is an American symphony conductor. Currently, he serves as the music director and lead conductor of the Kansas City Symphony in Kansas City, Missouri. He is also the founding music director of the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee.

Michael Stern Age

Stern was born on 17th of December 17, 1959, in the United States of America, he is 60 years old as of 2018.

Michael Stern Family | Young

Stern was born the son of violinist Isaac Stern, there is much information about his family background, how and where he was raised. There is also no information about him having siblings and how he was raised together with his siblings.

Michael Stern Wife | Children

Michael has not shared any information about him being married, he has not also shared any information about his past love life and has no information of him having children and has opted to keep his personal life so confidential.

Michael Stern Education

He was enrolled and later earned his undergraduate degree in American history from Harvard College in 1981. He later studied under conductor Max Rudolf at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, graduating in 1986. Stern as well studied for one summer at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute and for two summers at the Pierre Monteux Memorial School in Hancock, Maine.

Michael Stern Career

Michael began his career in 1986, only weeks before his graduation from the Curtis Institute, he auditioned for and won the job of conducting assistant at The Cleveland Orchestra, where the music director was Christoph von Dohnányi. The audition and the position that were both organized under the aegis of the Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor’s Program. He was named a full assistant conductor the following season and stayed with the orchestra until 1991.

In September 1986, he debuted at the New York Philharmonic as one of three young conductors whom Leonard Bernstein invited to participate in a conducting workshop which culminated in two concerts at Avery Fisher Hall. He later the permanent guest conductor of the Orchestre National de Lyon in Lyon, France. On his four years with the Orchestre National, he appeared with orchestras in Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, and Toulouse, as well as others throughout Europe.

He later left the Orchestre National in 1996  to become chief conductor of the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra, a prominent recording and broadcast orchestra in Germany, making him the first American to hold the position of chief conductor in that orchestra’s history. His work there is also notable for the orchestra’s many recordings of American classical music during his tenure, including discs of works by Henry Cowell and Charles Ives. He also led the orchestra on tours of Spain, Portugal, China and Switzerland. He stepped down as chief conductor in 2000.


Having led the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stern founded the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, which specializes in playing American contemporary music. Beyond his work with IRIS, he frequently appeared throughout North America as a guest conductor of many symphony orchestras, including a series of concerts at the New York Philharmonic in the summer of 2001, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Washington, D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra. He also began regular appearances at the Aspen Music Festival. In September 2001, Stern led the Vienna Radio Symphony on a tour of China.

During this time, Stern also continued guest conducting orchestras worldwide, including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Bergen Symphony, Bonn’s Beethovenhalle Orchestra, Berlin’s Deutsche Symphoniker, the Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Munich’s Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne’s Chamber Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony of Taiwan, the Singapore Symphony, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

He later accepted an appointment as music director and lead conductor of the Kansas City Symphony in 2005, a position he currently holds. He as well continues his guest conducting travels and his work with the IRIS Orchestra. In March 2014, Michael Stern made history with The Kansas City Symphony and Engage Mobile Solutions when they used four pair of Google Glass at the same time to record a performance of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

Michael Stern Net Worth

Stern has an estimated net worth of $1.1 million. However, his wife, Lisa Kudrow has an estimated net worth of $60 million. there is no much information about his income and net worth.

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