John Malveaux of
sends this link to the GMC
television commercial which
features Maestro Kazem Abdullah:
Born in Indiana, Kazem Abdullah began his music studies at the age of ten. He graduated 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, after which he 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. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Solti Foundation U.S Career Assistance Award in 2010 and 2015.