Brett Mitchell American conductor Brett Mitchell began his tenure as music director of the Colorado Symphony in July 2017. He leads the orchestra in ten classical subscription weeks per season as well as a wide variety of special programming. He previously served as music director of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra (2010-15), and was a member of The Cleveland Orchestra’s conducting staff (2013-17). His most recent appearances here were leading The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual Christmas Concerts in December 2017. Mr. Mitchell appears worldwide as a guest conductor. Highlights of his 2018-19 season include subscription debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and return appearances with the orchestras of Cleveland, Dallas, and Indianapolis. He will make his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in September 2019. Other recent and upcoming engagements include the orchestras of Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Oregon, Rochester, Saint Paul, San Antonio, Washington D.C., as well as performances with the Grant Park Festival Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Born in Seattle, Brett Mitchell began playing piano at age six and eventually studied percussion and saxophone. He earned his bachelor of music degree in composition from Western Washington University, and master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in conducting from the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at the National Conducting Institute, and was a recipient of the
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League of American Orchestras’ American Conducting Fellowship 2007-10. Mr. Mitchell led over one hundred performances during his tenure as assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony (200711). He held similar positions with the Orchestre National de France (200609), where he worked under Kurt Masur, and the Castleton Festival (2009-10), where he worked under Lorin Maazel. As an opera conductor, Mr. Mitchell has served as music director for nearly a dozen productions, including as music director of the Moores Opera Center in Houston (2010-13). In addition to his activities with professional orchestras, Mr. Mitchell is known for his affinity for working with and mentoring young musicians who aspire to become professional orchestral players. His tenure as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (2013-17), included a four-city tour of China in June 2015. He has been regularly invited to work with musicians at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the ensembles at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, National Repertory Orchestra, Sarasota Music Festival, and Texas Music Festival. For more information, visit www. brettmitchellconductor.com.
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