Michigan’s Ann Arbor Symphony Appoints New Music Director

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Following a three-year worldwide search that surveyed 225 completely different candidates, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (AASO) has discovered a brand new Music Director in Earl Lee. The contract is for an preliminary five-year time period beginning with the 22-23 season.

Lee is presently Assistant Conductor on the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has additionally held conducting positions in Toronto and Pittsburgh.

In 2022, Lee acquired the Georg Solti Conducting Award, changing into the primary conductor of Asian descent to win this prize. He additionally just lately made his debut with the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.

Initially a cellist, Lee accomplished levels in cello efficiency on the Curtis Institute and The Juilliard Faculty, then went on to review conducting on the Manhattan Faculty of Music and the New England Conservatory.

Lee’s first live performance as Music Director is scheduled for September 9, 2022, the place he’ll lead the orchestra in a program of works by Carlos Simon, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff.

“Earl captivated the orchestra, board and viewers from his very first baton stroke, and his interactions with all who got here in touch with him affirmed this impression,” mentioned Carol Sewell, the President of the AASO’s Board.

“We’re tremendously excited to be bringing worldwide award-winning expertise to Southeastern Michigan’s doorstep and might’t wait to kick off our season opener in September with Earl on the rostrum.”

“After I was in Ann Arbor in April, I had such a beautiful time working with the musicians,” mentioned Lee. “A particular spark was lit from the very first rehearsal, and I’m so pleased with the music we bought to share with the group of Ann Arbor within the live performance corridor.”

“Even through the quick interval of every week spending time with the orchestra, workers and board members, it was clear to me that I wished to do one thing right here with this group and grow to be part of this group,” he continued. “Thanks a lot to your open arms as I be a part of the AASO household, and I sit up for sharing a few years of nice music collectively.”