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Teddy Abrams
Guest Conductor

An unusually versatile musician, Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed conductor, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer. He is assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony, where he programs and conducts a wide variety of concerts, and he makes his subscription debut in the 2013/14 season. He has also served as resident conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest since the 2011/12 season.

Active as a guest conductor, Abrams is also a music director candidate with a number of orchestras in the United States.  Recent and upcoming performances include returns to The Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony, where he conducted a series of four concerts in the summer of 2013 including Valentina Lisitsa, Benjamin Grosvenor and Nicola Benedetti as soloists. Debuts include the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Louisville Orchestra as well as the Britt Music Festival and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.  From 2008 to 2011, Abrams was the conducting fellow and assistant conductor of the New World Symphony (NWS) and conducted many performances, including subscription concerts and numerous other full and chamber orchestra events.  Abrams has conducted the NWS in Miami Beach, Washington, DC and at Carnegie Hall, and he has worked with many other orchestras around the country.

An accomplished pianist and clarinetist, Abrams has appeared as a soloist with a number of 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 his annual appearances at the Olympic Music Festival.  Dedicated to exploring new and engaging ways to communicate with a diverse range of audiences, Abrams co-founded the Sixth Floor Trio in 2008. The trio has performed around the country, establishing residencies in various communities in North Carolina, Philadelphia, New York and South Florida. Abrams collaborated (as an arranger and pianist) with Cleveland Orchestra Principal Trombonist Massimo La Rosa for La Rosa’s debut CD, released in October 2010.

Abrams studied conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas, Otto-Werner Mueller at the Curtis Institute of Music, and 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 United States 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.

Abrams performed as a keyboardist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, won the 2007 Aspen Composition Contest, and was the assistant conductor of the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 2009.  He has held residencies at the La Mortella music festival in Ischia, Italy and at the American Academy in Berlin. Abrams was a proud member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for seven seasons and graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a bachelor's of music, having studied piano with Paul Hersh.

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