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Brandon Keith Brown

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American conductor Brandon Keith Brown, now resident in Berlin, is one of the most enterprising and skilful artists in classical music today. 


Originally from North Carolina, he studied in the USA and Europe, including masterclasses at Aspen, Leipzig, Salzburg and Zurich. In 2012 he was chosen by the Vienna Philharmonic to receive the Ansbacher Fellowship at the Salzburg Festival, and in 2014, he won the Mendelssohn Fellowship to study with Kurt Masur in Leipzig. His primary mentor is David Zinman.


Conducting the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition in 2012, he won third prize and was described by journalists as “the standout audience favourite”. In 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 colours" (Klassik.com). This led to a debut with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, to which he was promptly re-invited. 


Since then he has conducted the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and in 2018 made his debut with the Nuremburg Symphony Orchestra, and conducted the Tokyo Philharmonic at the Tokyo International Competition. Engagements in the 2019/20 season included conducting the WDR Funkhausorchester, Bilkent Symphony, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Simon Bolivar Symphony, State Philharmonic of Košice and Johannesburg 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.


A passionate educator, he has a wealth of experience as a university professor and youth orchestra leader. He is also a frequent writer and speaker on the intersection of race and classical music. For more information please visit his website. 

“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 is hailed as a rising star in the conducting firmament.” 


Elisabeth Höving, Derwesten

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