Injured conductor Kurt Masur withdraws from concerts through June

Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic in Costa Mesa in 1999.
(Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times)

Kurt Masur, the renowned German conductor, is withdrawing from concerts through the end of June after falling off the podium last week during a concert in Paris and injuring himself. His official website states that a scan of the conductor’s left shoulder shows that his shoulder blade is fractured.

Masur, 84, will cancel all performances through June and hopes to resume conducting in September, the website said. The conductor fell off the podium Thursday while conducting a concert at Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the Orchestre National de France. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

The conductor was expected to appear in May with the Dresden Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. He was also scheduled to tour South America with the Orchestre National de France. Masur served as music director for the French orchestra from 2002 to 2008.


In recent years, Masur has reportedly suffered fromParkinson’s disease. The conductor is the former music director of the New York Philharmonic, having served from 1991 to 2002.


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