Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Dominique-René de Lerma: Conductors Kazem Abdullah and Joseph Young Win 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award

Kazem Abdullah

A 2015 Solti Foundation U.S.
Career Assistance Award

A vibrant, versatile and compelling presence on the podium,American conductor Kazem Abdullah is one of the most watched up-and-coming talents on the international stage today. Since 2012 he has been Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Aachen, Germany, where he leads both the orchestral and operatic seasons. His predecessors in this tradition-rich post include Fritz Busch, Herbert von Karajan, and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Born in Indiana, Kazem Abdullah began his music studies at the age of ten. After graduating from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet, he then studied at the University of Southern California before joining The New World Symphony as a clarinetist under Michael Tilson Thomas for two seasons.  He then continued his musical studies at The Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University. Mr. Abdullah served as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, a three-year post to which he was appointed by Music Director James Levine. In addition to Levine, while at the Met he worked with conductors such as Louis Langree, Kirill Petrenko, Lorin Maazel, and Fabio Luisi.

Joseph Young

A 2015 Solti Foundation U.S.
Career Assistance Award

American conductor Joseph Young was recently appointed as Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony and Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Recent highlights include debuts with Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE, Chicago Sinfonietta, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and numerous reengagements with the Colorado Symphony, as well as performances with the  Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Tucson Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony, and Sante Fe Symphony.

Joseph Young completed graduate studies with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009, earning an artist’s diploma in conducting. From 2007-2010, he was one of five recipients of the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious American Conducting Fellowship. In 2011, he was one of six conductors featured in the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by the Louisiana Philharmonic. In 2013, Joseph was a Semi-finalist in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition (Bamberg, Germany).  Joseph is also the recipient of 2008, 2014 and 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards.

Dominique-René de Lerma

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These young men and other classical and opera emerging talent is as remarkable as a seed growing through the street or through the sidewalk. I salute and believe we will rise.  [John Malveaux] 

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