Michael Adelson

  • Assistant Artistic Director

    Conductor, composer, writer and educator, Michael Adelson became DCINY’s Assistant Artistic Director in 2019. He has been a faculty member of DCINY’s Conductor Mentoring Program since its inception in 2012. He made his first appearance conducting a major American orchestra in 1992, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has served on the conducting staff of the New York Philharmonic and has also conducted the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, and many other ensembles in Europe and America. Equally at home in the opera house, Mr. Adelson has conducted Scandinavian productions of Puccini’s Turandot and La Bohème, Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, and at the Stockholm Folkopera, the world premiere production of Qu Xiao- Song’s Oedipus.

    Mr. Adelson is deeply committed to music of our time, having worked with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Bernard Rands, Harrison Birtwistle, Magnus Lindberg and Donald Martino. In addition to having served as Principal Conductor of the Auros Group for New Music in Boston, he frequently guest conducts other new music ensembles, including Speculum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Locrian Chamber Players, the Cygnus Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, and the Fromm Players at Harvard. He has led world premieres at the Venice Biennale and the Ultima Contemporary Music Festival in Oslo, and has introduced new American works to Japan, England, Estonia, and the Scandinavian countries. His own works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic as well as other ensembles and soloists worldwide. He is founding member of the Present Eye, an organization dedicated to experimental music and art.

    Education plays an important part in Mr. Adelson’s activities. In addition to teaching conducting worldwide, he leads workshops in orchestral technique for young musicians and music educators. He is a Conductor-Clinician for the New York Philharmonic and has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, the State University of New York at Purchase, and Connecticut College. In addition, he has also conducted at the Manhattan School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Harvard, Columbia and Brandeis Universities. He served as Chief Conductor of the Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra in Finland, and as the Principal Conductor of the first annual Rencontres Musicales Européennes in France, he led a festival orchestra which included students from France, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic. He conducted a workshop for composers at the Venice Biennale, taught chamber music at Helsinki University, and led opera, orchestral, and chamber music master classes at the Accademia di Musica in Sassari, Italy. Mr. Adelson has written and conducted young people’s concerts with the New York, Helsinki, and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras. He has also written and lectured widely, on subjects as diverse as the links between mathematics and music, critical thinking, great historical cities as centers of culture, and twentieth-century art history. He is currently writing a book for non-musicians on the art of conducting.

    E-mail: Michael@DCINY.org
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