Performing with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra as the third prize winner of the 2012 Sir Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition, Brandon Keith Brown was the standout audience favorite.
Recent debuts include the Komische Oper Berlin in Mahler 1. In April 2013, Brown gave a celebrated European debut with the Badische Staatskapelle, executing an "extremely demanding program which was mastered by the young conductor with flying colors. "(Klassik.com) This led to a debut with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSB), to which he was promptly re-invited. Other orchestras include the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. At the 2018 Tokyo International Competition, he performed with the Tokyo Philharmonic.
As an accomplished opera conductor, Brown has directed, among others, performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte and Puccini's Suor Angelica. He has also assisted on Britten's Albert Herring and studied Puccini's Il Trittico under Lorin Maazel.
Chosen by the Vienna Philharmonic, Brown was winner of the Ansbacher Fellowship at the Salzburg Festival in 2012 through the American Austrian Foundation. In 2014, he won the Mendelssohn Fellowship to study with Kurt Masur in Leipzig. His primary mentor is David Zinman. Initially a violinist, he is a student of renowned teachers Roland and Almita Vamos.
A passionate educator, he has a wealth of experience as a university professor and youth orchestra leader. In addition, in 2011 and 2012 he conducted members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the opera camps for children of the Salzburg Festival.
Brown fights to change the racial conscience of society through classical music. His writings on race and classical music have been featured internationally including NPR's Here and Now, DIE ZEIT, The Medium, Deutschlandfunk/Kultur, BR Klassik, and the Berlin Tagesspiegel. Lectures include Humboldt University and the Berlin University of Art and Music. He is a frequent podcast guest, speaker, and consultant on the intersection of race and music. Contact here for speaking engagements.
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...this was the best interpretation of a Bruckner symphony since the time when Andrey Boreyko was the chief conductor of the orchestra(Jenaer Philharmonie). It was quite astonishing how flexible and secure all the musicians of the orchestra performed all led by Brandon Keith Brown.
Dietmar Ebert - Jenaer Philharmonie, Bruckner Symphony No. 6
Under the youthfully fresh and agile direction of Brandon Keith Brown the orchestra positively blossomed, above all in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony. Brown, at the helm of the Philharmonie for the first time, is hailed as a rising star in the conducting firmament.
For quite some time the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen (NPW) has not sounded as liberated as this, played with such refreshing exuberance in a symphonic concert as it did under the baton of the young US guest conductor Brandon Keith Brown. [...] the titanic Beethoven [Symphony No. 8], brought down by Brown from his pedestal to eye level, to rapturous applause.