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Hailed as “a rising star in the conducting firmament," Berlin-based American conductor Brandon Keith Brown made his European debut in 2013 with the Badische Staatskapelle with a program of Hartmann, Poulenc and Wagner. As a laureate of the 2012 Sir Georg Solti Conductors’ Competition, he was the “…stand out audience favorite” after conducting the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
 
Consumed by music from an early age, Brown began composing at age 9, violin at 10, and at 11, became the youngest member of the North Carolina All-State Orchestra. At 13, he began conservatory training at the University of North Carolina School of Arts. At the invitation of Roland and Almita Vamos, Brown studied violin at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and subsequently at Northwestern University where he began conducting.
 
Mentored by eminent maestros, strong support from David Zinman at the 2009 Aspen Music Festival and at the Tonhalle Orchestra-Zurich was vital to his development. Lorin Maazel chose him to apprentice at the 2010 Castleton Festival in Virginia USA. Winning the 2011 Ansbacher Fellowship at the Salzburg Festival included mentorship by the Vienna Philharmonic. Kurt Masur selected him for masterclasses in NYC, and in Leipzig and as the sole 2014 US Mendelssohn Scholar. Winner of the Peabody Career Grant, he holds a Master’s of Music from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, studying with the late Gustav Meier.
 
From C.P.E. Bach to Karl Amadaus Hartmann, Brown has proven mastery of canonic Western repertoire. Recent engagements include the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (reengagement), Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, the Badisches Staatskapelle, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Mainfranken Theater Würzburg and the Neue Phlharmonie-Westfalen. 

A highly skilled educator, Brown remains passionately committed to music education, having served as professor at the university level and conducted numerous youth orchestras. 

 
Brown achieved a brilliant feat of interpretation [Beethoven 8], directing the orchestra at high speed precisely along the knife-edge between vivacity and frenzy. The gestures of thanks he received from the orchestra and the enthusiastic applause from the audience were well deserved.—Lippstadt
 
A new star in the conducting sky—DerWesten
  
This gentle, haunting and sonically sophisticated interpretation of Idyll[Wagner] earned the Staatskapelle and their young conductor a very warm closing applause—Badische Neueste Nachrichten

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