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ANDREW CRUST

LATIN AMERICA

 

ANDREW CRUST has developed a multifaceted international career as a conductor both with orchestras and in opera, ballet and “pop” concerts. Andrew currently serves as Associate Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony in Canada and each season performs a large number of seasonal, pop, educational and contemporary music concerts with the group. Andrew recently concluded his first season as Music Director of the Lima (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, where he programs and conducts the Grand Classics series, Pops series, and educational concerts with prominent soloists such as Amit Peled, Awadagin Pratt, and Katherine Jolly.

In the current and future seasons, Andrew will debut with the Arkansas, Rockford, and Vermont Symphonies as “Music Director Finalist Candidate,” and with the San Diego Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and Sewannee Summer Music Festival as guest conductor, as well as conducting Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro in various cities across Spain in 2023. Other recent engagements include performances with the Winnipeg Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Bozeman Symphony and l'Orchestre de la Francophonie in Quebec.

Andrew was the winner of the Professional Assistance Award granted by the Solti Foundation in the United States in its 2020 edition. In 2021 he won the "Projection Award" at the International Conducting Competition "Ciudad de la Música de Llíria" in Valencia, Spain . In 2017 he was awarded the First Prize of the Accademia Chigiana of Siena by the director Daniele Gatti, receiving as part of this award a scholarship and an invitation to conduct the San Remo Orchestra in Italy. He was a semi-finalist in the Nestlé/Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Competition and was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic as the winner of the Ansbacher Scholarship, with full access to all rehearsals and performances at the Salzburg Festival.

As a concert director, Andrew has directed several ballet titles with companies such as Ballet Memphis and the New Ballet Ensemble, as well as opera with Opera McGill, the College Light Opera Company, and the Boulder Opera Company (Colorado) among others. As a director of pop concerts, Andrew has collaborated with artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Steven Page, Michael Bolton, Cirque de la Symphonie and the Jazz Ambassadors. Andrew has also performed with great success conducting live film orchestras.

Andrew served as Assistant Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra from 2017 to 2019, where he conducted around forty concerts each season. Andrew also held the position of Director of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. As Assistant Conductor of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine, between 2016 and 2018, he directed a variety of concert series, helped coordinate the orchestra's extensive educational programs, and implemented a program for concertgoers under the age of 40 called " The Symphony and the spirit".

Andrew was Assistant Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA) in the summers of 2017 and 2018, assisting Michael Tilson Thomas on a tour of Asia, as well as Giancarlo Guerrero, Marin Alsop and James Ross on the Carnegie Hall and in a joint performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has also served as emerging conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Nashville Symphony, assistant conductor and emerging conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic, and assistant conductor of the McGill Opera company.

Internationally, he has conducted concerts with the Giovanile Italiana Orchestra in Italy, the Hamburg Symphony at the Mendelssohn Festival in Germany, the Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, and the Chilean Symphony Orchestra in Santiago.

As an arranger/orchestrator, Andrew is currently working with Schirmer Publishing to orchestrate a number of songs by composer Florence Price, as well as orchestrating works by Alma Mahler and Prokofiev, as well as many popular and educational arrangements.

Andrew Crust is dedicated to exploring new ways to bring the classical music experience to 21st century audiences through highly innovative programming and marketing, creating community-oriented and socially responsive music experiences, using social media, and performing in venues. extraordinary.

Andrew is a strong believer in meaningful music education, for which he has designed, produced and written several original educational programs for orchestras.

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