Abrams conducting at Britt this August. Photo by Bryan Nealy, 2013 Intern.
Music Director and Conductor Teddy Abrams will lead the Britt Orchestra this season in his inaugural season as Music Director.
A multi-faceted musician, Abrams is an acclaimed conductor, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist and composer.
Abrams assumes the role of Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra this September. He recently concluded his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted classical programs for the orchestra's new neighborhood series, programmed its chamber music and contemporary music concerts and led education and pops performances. He served as Assistant Conductor of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in 2013, and was formerly the Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest. From 2008 to 2011, Abrams held the position of Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony.
Recent engagements include performances with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus), the Hilton Head Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, and Marin Symphony, in addition to return engagements with the Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony and the New World Symphony.
Abrams studied conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas, Otto-Werner Mueller at the Curtis Institute of Music, and with David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival; he was the youngest conducting student ever accepted at both institutions. Abrams is also an award-winning composer and a passionate educator. He has taught at numerous schools throughout the U.S. and during his tenure in Miami Beach at the New World Symphony. His 2009 Education Concerts with the NWS (featuring the world premiere of one of Abrams' own orchestral works) were webcast to hundreds of schools throughout South Florida.
An accomplished pianist and clarinetist, Abrams has soloed with numerous orchestras and has performed chamber music with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Time for Three and John Adams, in addition to annual appearances at the Olympic Music Festival. Abrams collaborated (as an arranger and pianist) with Cleveland Orchestra principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa for La Rosa's debut CD 2010.
Abrams co-founded the Sixth Floor Trio because of his dedication to exploring engaging ways to communicate with a diverse range of audiences. The Trio has performed around the country, holding residencies in North Carolina, Philadelphia, New York and South Florida. In addition, the Trio founded and directs GardenMusic, the music festival of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Miami. Following a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Sixth Floor Trio has served as the resident ensemble for the Random Acts of Culture series nationwide and is developing several projects including a film series about folk music from around the world.
Watch a video with Teddy Abrams
Teddy talks about his path to becoming a conductor