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.
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 Staatskapelle Weimar, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In 2018 he made his debut with the Nürnberger Symphoniker. At the 2018 Tokyo International Competition, he performed with the Tokyo Philharmonic. Forthcoming engagements include the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, WDR Funkhausorchester and the Bilkent Symphony.
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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