Teddy Abrams

Teddy Abrams conducts, composes, and performs as a clarinetist, pianist, and sometimes as a saxophonist. Currently, Teddy is the Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony of Budapest, and he will start as the Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the 2012-2013 season.

Teddy was the Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony in Miami from 2008-2011, and he has conducted performances with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony, the Marin Symphony, and the Boca Raton Symphonia.

He comes from San Francisco, where he began working with Michael Tilson Thomas at age eleven. Teddy was the youngest conducting student ever accepted at both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Aspen Music Festival, and his unusual prior education included five years of community college (instead of middle school) and a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory (instead of high school).

Teddy has soloed with the San Francisco Symphony along with many other orchestras, performed with Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, John Adams, and Time for Three, and has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He made annual appearances at the Olympic Music Festival in western Washington, and has held residencies at the La Mortella music festival in Ischia, Italy and the American Academy in Berlin. His arrangements and improvisations can be heard on the debut CD of the Cleveland Orchestra’s principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa, and he was the winner of the 2007 Aspen Composition Contest. Teddy has has taught at dozens of schools throughout the United States as part of his mission to support music education and community engagement.

photo: Abdiel Thorne

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