Brandon Keith Brown
Conductor Brandon Keith Brown, from North Carolina, combines American spirit with German musical tradition.
His work crowns training in the USA and in Europe. In Berlin, he designed an "...exciting, flawless reproduction..." (Neues Deutschland) of Mozart's "Prague Symphony" on the podium with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester-Berlin. Concert and opera engagements led Brown to Karlsruhe and Jena, where Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 was requested of him, to Weimar and 2016 with Die Lustigen Weiben from Windsor to Würzburg. Future engagements include the Nürnberger Symphoniker. In the USA, he has directed the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Following his studies at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, he moved to Europe to expand his experiences in masterclasses at the Salzburg Festival, Leipzig and Tonhalle Zurich. As laureate and the audience favorite at the 2012 Sir Georg Solti Conductors’ Competition, he conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. His efficient, flexible and yet personally committed approach, has led to numerous re-invitations.
Brown found his way to music in the elementary school, where a dedicated music teacher taught him composition. In addition, as an autodidact, he was able to play the piano. After a year of professional violin lessons, he was admitted to the State Youth Orchestra and at the conservatory the NC School of the Arts. At the age of 17, he was invited to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Roland and Almita Vamos, where he gained his first conducting experience. Following his teachers to Northwestern University, he pursued conducting further. Brown attended David Zinman's masterclass at Aspen, Kurt Masur's classes in Manhattan and Leipzig, and worked with Lorin Maazel at The Castleton Festival on operatic repertoire. In 2011, he graduated from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, winning a Peabody Career Grant.
For 2017-18, he serves as Music Director of Brown University Orchestra. He will now combine European excellence and American education.
"(…) the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen (NPW) has not played for a long time as refreshing a concert as under the young American guest Brandon Keith Brown. "
"(...), he revealed in the large house of the musical theater a pronounced flair for accurately illuminating details. And this is paired with the happiest and most inspired musician experience. The conductor is refreshingly unrestrained, without false reverence for the great European musical tradition. "
"(...), even more so, Brown brought Beethoven down from his pedestal to the eyes of the beholder."
"With such a soft, gentle and penetrating, sonorous interpretation of this idyll, the Staatskapelle and their young conductor gained a very warm applause."
"For this concert evening, the Badisches Staatskapelle Karlsruhe compiled an extremely ambitious program, which was mastered by the young conductor with flying colors."
"... the stand-out audience favorite ..."
-Norman Lebrecht, Slipped Disc
From the Conductor Competition Sir Georg Solti:
"Every two years, the renowned Frankfurt cultural institutions organize the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition. This year more than 405 young conductors from 72 countries have registered. Ten applicants came to the final selection.
"Brandon Keith Brown was the most convincing performer of Ravel's work. His interpretation of the overture to Wagner's opera Rienzi also became an exciting subject. Full of temperament and design potential, he avoided any factual and cool approach. Here was a young conductor on the podium, who knew how to create his own sound world and breathe with the orchestra. The American built up tension and dynamism(...) Brandon Keith Brown, the favorite of the audience, won the third prize. Brown has the greatest potential for development, for his conducting possessed a deep feeling as well as the urge to design. Without these qualities, a conductor will hardly be able to please the audience in the long term. "