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Brandon Keith BrownPhoto by Will Kirk

Young American conductor Brandon Keith Brown is quickly garnering international attention. As a laureate of the 2012 Sir Georg Solti Competition for Conductors, his final performance found him “…the stand-out audience favorite…”(Norman Lebrecht, Slipped Disc) leading the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in performance. In April 2013, Brown made a critically acclaimed European debut with the 351-year-old Badische Staatskapelle causing one critic to remark “…the grueling program was brilliantly mastered by the young conductor.”(Midou Grossman Selected by the Vienna Philharmonic as winner of 2011 Ansbacher Fellowship, he was in residence at The Salzburg Festival, and conducted Vienna Philharmonic members for two summers in the opera camps for youth. Chosen by Kurt Masur as winner of the 2014 Mendelssohn Scholarship, he spent the month of September studying with the maestro and conducting the Leipzig Symphonieorchester. Recent debuts include the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In February 2014, he conducted a highly acclaimed seven-concert tour with the Neue Philharmonie-Westfalen.

Brown conducted at The 2010 Castleton Festival in Virginia USA under the direction of Lorin Maazel and at the 2009 American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, with David Zinman. Versatile in opera, Brown has been music director for Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Suor Angelica, assistant for Britten’s Albert Herring and studied Puccini’s Il Trittico with Lorin Maazel. Previously, he served as cover conductor for the Baltimore Symphony, Assistant Conductor at the Peabody Institute and assistant conductor/fellow of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.

Winner of the Peabody Career Grant, Mr. Brown holds a Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Initially trained as a violinist, he is a pupil of Chicago based Roland and Almita Vamos and is a graduate of Northwestern University. Primary conducting mentors include David Zinman, Lorin Maazel and Gustav Meier. Please see for more information.

"...the grueling program was brilliantly mastered by the young conductor."--Midou Grossman

“This gentle, haunting and sonically sophisticated interpretation of Idyll [Wagner] earned the Staatskapelle and their young conductor a very warm closing applause.” ---Christiane Voigt, Badische Neueste Nachrichten, April 22, 2013

Appointed 2013

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