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Brad Lubman, American conductor and composer, has gained widespread recognition for his versatility, commanding technique and insightful interpretations over the course of more than two decades. He is much in demand with major orchestras in Europe and the USA and has been successful in building up regular partnerships with several well-known orchestras and ensembles such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto. Alongside his busy schedule in Germany, he is also frequently asked to conduct some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, he has worked with some of the most important European and American ensembles for contemporary music, including the Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble MusikFabrik, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble Amsterdam, Ensemble Resonanz, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Chicago Symphony MusicNOW, and Steve Reich and Musicians.
Following his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra at the start of the autumn, the 2016/17 season particularly focuses on projects celebrating Steve Reich’s 80th birthday at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philharmonies in Cologne and Paris and Cal Performances. Brad Lubman continues his collaborations with the Symphony Orchestras of the WDR and Danish National, as well as the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto, while the highlight of the season will be his residency at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria. Here he can be seen in his double role as conductor and composer in several concerts and will lead the Composer Conductor Workshop “Ink Still Wet”.
Brad Lubman is founding Co-Artistic and Music Director of the NY-based Ensemble Signal. Since its debut in 2008 the Ensemble has performed over 100 concerts and co-produced nine recordings. Their recording of Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians on harmonia mundi was awarded a Diapason d’or in June 2015 and appeared on the Billboard Classical Crossover charts. He is also Associate Professor of Conducting and Ensembles at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, as well as on the faculty at the Bang-on-a-Can
His own music has been performed in the United States and Europe and can be heard on his first portrait CD, insomniac, on John Zorn’s label Tzadik. He has also recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Nonesuch, AEON, BMG/RCA, Kairos, Mode, NEOS, and Cantaloupe.
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Brad Lubman’s official title at this year’s Grafenegg Festival is “only” Composer-in-Residence. However, at Schloss Grafenegg in August, the many facets of his musical life will be on display: as a conductor, he will give the closing concert with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, leading Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with Waltraud Meier, and for which Brad Lubman as a composer has written a new orchestral piece, Reflections. He has also acted as a door opener for a generation of young musicians through his teaching, as he explains in conversation with Sarah Laile Standke. In Grafenegg, he will once again help young musicians navigate the rocky terrain of contemporary music as leader of the festival’s composition workshop INK STILL WET....