Andy Grams ANDREW GRAMS: Mr. Grams has led orchestras throughout the United States including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony, and the Houston Symphony.  He served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2004-2007 where he worked under the guidance of Franz Welser-Möst, and has since returned for several engagements. Mr. Grams has worked extensively with orchestras abroad, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, BBC Symphony Orchestra London, among others.
2016-2017 marks Mr. Grams’ fourth season as Music Director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. In 2003 he received a conducting degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. For more information, please go to andrewgrams.com.
 
 Sameer Patel:  Sameer Patel is winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. 2016 Career Assistance Award. Sameer is beginning his second season as Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony after serving one year as Assistant Conductor. In the summer of 2016, Sameer was selected out of a field of more than 120 conductors to study at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy with Daniele Gatti, Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.  Immediately following his participation in the masterclass, Sameer was recommended by Maestro Gatti for future guest conducting engagements in Europe, and returned to Italy in September 2016 to lead two programs with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo. In 2013, Sameer was one of only six conductors selected by the League of American Orchestras for the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He was also a Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholar, an honor given to him by former New York Philharmonic Music Director Kurt Masur. For more information, please visit sameer-patel.com.
 
 
 Brent Havens:  Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by over 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world's greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and countless others. Havens has conducted the Malaysian Philharmonic the past four years with our Music of Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Music of U2 shows. In 2013 he worked with the Baltimore Symphony and the NFL's Baltimore Ravens to arrange and produce the music for the Thanksgiving Day halftime show between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, adapting both classical music and rock songs into a single four minute show. Havens is Arranger/Guest Conductor for fourteen symphonic rock. For more information, please visit www.windbornemusic.com/bios_brenthavens.php.
 
 Case Scaglione: Mr. Scaglione is currently the associate conductor with the New York Philharmonic. This season he makes his debut with the Dallas Symphony orchestras and returns to the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He made his professional conducting debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2010 after being awarded the Aspen Conducting Prize in the same year. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Conductor's Prize from the Solti Foundation US. For more information, please visit casescaglione.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Mei-Ann Chen: Mei-Ann Chen has been the Music Director of the 2016 MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, and Artistic Director and Conductor for the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival since 2016, she is acclaimed for infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, and galvanizing audiences and communities alike. In December 2015, Musical America, named Mei-Ann Chen one of its 2015 Top 30 Influencers.  Among her guest engagements in the 2016-2017 season are debuts and returns to the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, Sweden's Malmo SymfoniOrkester, Austria's Orchester Graz, Finland's Tampere Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Houston Symphony, among others.
 
Recent performance highlights include leading the Sweden's Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Oregon, and San Diego, among others. Following a successful six season tenure (2010-2016) as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Ms. Chen was named Conductor Laureate this past spring. She served as Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony and Baltimore Symphony under the aegis of the League of American Orchestras, and with the Oregon symphony as well. For more information, please visit meiannchen.com.
 
 
 Dmitry Sikovetsky: Dmitry Sitkovetsky has made a considerable impact as a performer, creator and facilitator for over four decades. His enviable career as a violin soloist is documented in several dozen recordings of all major concertos and a wide selection of chamber repertoire.  Among the recent releases are the complete Mozart Violin Sonatas with Antonio Pappano and Konstantin Lifschitz (Hänssler Classic) and Dutilleux’s L'Arbre des Songes with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons (Concertgebouw Live).  Mr. Sitkovetsky’s name is inextricably linked to the iconic Goldberg Variations, which he has transcribed for string trio and string orchestra.  Mr. Sitkovetsky went on to arrange over 50 works by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Schnittke. Earlier this season, Mr. Sitkovetsky unveiled his transcription of Stravinsky’s Le baiser de la Fee, which was commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and premiered by Augustin Hadelich at Carnegie Hall.
As a conductor, Mr. Sitkovetsky has held artistic leadership positions with the Ulster Orchestra, the Russian State Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon. In 1990, he founded the New European Strings orchestra (NES), bringing together the most distinguished string players from the top European ensembles for special touring and recording projects, most recently at the Enescu Festival. As a guest conductor, Mr. Sitkovetsky recently collaborated with Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Moscow Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, China Philharmonic, among others. He has been the Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina since 2003. Given his unique ability to turn any project into an extraordinary and highly anticipated artistic event, Mr. Sitkovetsky has been invited to create, develop and lead a number of festivals throughout his career, most notably the Korsholm Music Festival in Finland in the 1980’s, the Seattle International Music Festival and the Silk Route of Music Festival in Baku in the 1990’s, as well as the Festival del Sole in Tuscany, where his NES orchestra was in residence from 2003 to 2006.  For more information, please visit www.dmitrysitkovetsky.com.
 
 Stuart Chafetz: Stuard Chafetz is a conductor with a dynamic podium demeanor and a refined sense of audience engagement. Increasingly in demand with orchestras across the continent, this season Chafetz will be on the podium in Seattle, Detroit, Naples, Phoenix, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Vancouver and many more.He previously held posts as resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. As principal timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony for twenty years, Chafetz would also conduct the annual Nutcracker performances with Ballet Hawaii and principals from the American Ballet Theatre. It was during that time that Chafetz led numerous concerts with the Maui Symphony and Pops. He annually leads the Spring Ballet at the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. In the summers, Chafetz spends his time at the Chautauqua Institution, where he conducts the annual Fourth of July and Opera Pops. Chafetz holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a master’s from the Eastman School of Music. For more information, please visit www.peterthrom.com/artist.php?id=stuartchafetz
 
 
 Christoph Campestrini: Christoph Campestrini is defined by the rich musical tradition of his home country and the cosmopolitan education that he received during his formative years in New York. He studied conducting, composition, philosophy and languages at The Juilliard School and at Yale University. He now maintains an active worldwide conducting schedule, having appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Vienna Radio Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, among others. In 2016 Christoph Campestrini was appointed Kapellmeister at the prestigious Wiener Hofmusikkapelle. There he will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Boys’ choir and Male Choir of the Vienna State Opera in seven programs of sacred music annually. In addition, he is also Music Director of the International Late Summer Music Festival Dubrovnik and Music Director of the Oper Klosterneuburg Festival Vienna, where his most recent production of "Cavalleria rusticana"/ "I Pagliacci" has earned accolades of praise by the Vienna press.Campestrini is also a regular guest conductor in the United States and Canada, where he has worked with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and many others. Among the international soloists he has collaborated with are Lang Lang, Gidon Kremer, Julian Rachlin, Alisa Weilerstein and Julia Fischer. For more information, please visit christophcampestrini.com.