DSO announces new assistant conductor

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DETROIT, (March 5, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is proud to announce that Teddy Abrams,ted89adj 24, has signed on as Assistant Conductor with the DSO, the first of an esteemed group of young musicians scheduled to join the Orchestra this year. Relocating to Detroit from Budapest, where Abrams is the Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra, he is the first to hold this type of position with the Orchestra since Thomas Wilkins vacated the role in 2009. Abrams will conduct three Education Concerts in Orchestra Hall this week, and his contract officially begins in September, 2012.

“The appointment of an assistant conductor is of vital importance to the DSO at this time,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “Teddy Abrams brings experience, even at his young age, and gives us a further connection to the new generation of listeners we are hoping to attract. The orchestra and I will guide him with the hopes that his time with us establishes Teddy as an outstanding conductor, ready to take on every challenge.”

As Assistant Conductor, Abrams will act as cover conductor for all classical series concerts, conduct DSO’s Young People’s Concerts and Education Concert Series programs, conduct two Pops series programs, and two Neighborhood Series concerts. He will also assist in programming chamber and contemporary music.

“I’m tremendously excited about joining the DSO family and moving to the great city of Detroit. The creative possibilities in this area are extraordinary, and the DSO is at the center of a very positive artistic movement right now,” said Abrams. “The combination of the orchestra’s brilliant artistry and the entire organization’s commitment to having music play a central and vital role in the community makes this a thrilling opportunity for me. I can’t wait to jump right in and be a part of this!”

Admission to Education Concerts is $5 and are scheduled this week for Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, March 8 at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Orchestra Hall. The 28 minute program, “Music Under Construction:  The Elements of Music,” includes the DSO performing Dvorák’s Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C major, Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and more favorites

About Teddy Abrams

Teddy Abrams performs as a conductor, clarinetist, and pianist in addition to composing. The 2011-2012 season marks his first year as Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest. From 2008 to 2011 Abrams held the position of Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony. In this position, Abrams served as the Assistant Conductor of the NWS and lead many performances including subscription concerts (sharing the podium with visiting guest conductors), Kids Concerts, and numerous other full and chamber orchestra events. Abrams has conducted the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall, and has worked with many other orchestras around the country. He recently made debuts with the Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, and the Marin Symphony. This season’s engagements include debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the MAV Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus) and the Hilton Head Symphony in addition to return engagements with the Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and the New World Symphony.

An accomplished pianist and clarinetist, Abrams has soloed with numerous orchestras and has performed chamber music with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Time for Three, and John Adams in addition to annual appearances at the Olympic Music Festival. Abrams co-founded the Sixth Floor Trio because of his dedication to exploring engaging ways to communicate with a diverse range of audiences. The Trio has performed around the country, holding residencies in North Carolina, Philadelphia, New York, and South Florida. Abrams collaborated (as an arranger and pianist) with Cleveland Orchestra principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa for La Rosa’s debut CD available in October 2010.

Abrams studied conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas, Otto-Werner Mueller at the Curtis Institute of Music, and with David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival; he was the youngest conducting student ever accepted at both institutions. Abrams is also an award-winning composer and a passionate educator – he has taught at numerous schools nation-wide and is the conductor of all educational activities at the New World Symphony. His 2009 Education Concerts with the NWS (featuring a world premiere of one of Abrams’ orchestral works) were webcast to hundreds of schools throughout South Florida. Abrams performed as a keyboardist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, won the 2007 Aspen Composition Contest, and was the Assistant Conductor of the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 2009. Abrams has held residencies at the La Mortella music festival in Ischia, Italy and at the American Academy in Berlin. He has served as a cover conductor for several orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

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  1. He’s really cute

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