Brandon Keith Brown

Brandon Keith Brown


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«"Brandon Keith Brown impressed through his energetic, impulsive, exacting and controlled gestures, finding his very own approach to the Linz Master's(Anton Bruckner) music."»
Jena Kultur (2017)
«“The young US conductor Brandon Keith Brown gave an exciting, immaculate performance with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester-Berlin.” (Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, Prager)»
«"(...), 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. "»
Recklinghäuser Zeitung (2017)
2018Copland: RodeoConductor
2016Nicolai: Die Lustigen Weiber Von WindsorConductor
2009Mozart: Cosi Fan TutteConductor
2008Britten: Albert HerringConductor


Conductor Brandon Keith Brown, from North Carolina, combinesAmerican spirit with German musical tradition.
His work crowns training in the USA and in Europe. InBerlin, he designed an "exciting, flawless reproduction" (NeuesDeutschland) of Mozart's "Prague Symphony" on the podium with theRundfunk Sinfonieorchester-Berlin. Concert and opera engagements led Brown toKarlsruhe and Jena, where Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 was requested of him, toWeimar and 2016 with Die Lustigen Weiberfrom Windsor in Würzburg. Future engagements include the NürnbergerSymphoniker. In the USA, he has directed the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and theCivic Orchestra of Chicago.
Following his studies at the Peabody Institute in Baltimorein 2011, he moved to Europe to expand his experiences in masterclasses at theSalzburg Festival, Leipzig and Tonhalle Zurich. As the audience favorite at the2012 Sir Georg Solti Conductors’ Competition, he conducted the Frankfurt RadioSymphony Orchestra. His efficient, flexible and yet personally committedapproach, has led to numerous re-invitations.
Brown found his way to music in the elementary school, wherea dedicated music teacher taught him composition. In addition, as anautodidact, he was able to play the piano. After a year of professional violinlessons, he was admitted to the State Youth Orchestra and at the conservatorythe NC School of the Arts. At the age of 17, he was invited to study at theOberlin Conservatory of Music with Roland and Almita Vamos, where he gained hisfirst conducting experience. Following his teachers to Northwestern University,he pursued conducting further. Brown attended David Zinman's masterclass atAspen, Kurt Masur's classes in Manhattan and Leipzig, and worked with LorinMaazel at The Castleton Festival on operatic repertoire. In 2011, he graduatedfrom the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
For 2017-18, he serves as Music Director of Brown UniversityOrchestra. He will now combine European excellence and American education fromhis Berlin base.
“The young US conductor Brandon Keith Brown gave anexciting, immaculate performance with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester-Berlin.”(Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, Prager)
"(…) the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen (NPW) has notplayed for a long time as refreshing a concert as under the young Americanguest Brandon Keith Brown. "
"(...), he revealed in the large house of the musicaltheater a pronounced flair for accurately illuminating details. And this ispaired with the happiest and most inspired musician experience. The conductoris refreshingly unrestrained, without false reverence for the great Europeanmusical tradition. "
"(...), even more so, Brown brought Beethoven down fromhis pedestal to the beholder."
Recklinghausen newspaper
"With such gentle and penetrating, sonorousinterpretation of this idyll, the Staatskapelle and their young conductorgained a very cordial ending."
Badische Zeitung
"For this concert evening, the Badenische StaatskapelleKarlsruhe compiled an extremely ambitious program, which was mastered by theyoung conductor with flying colors."
"... the stand-out audience favorite ..."
Norman Lebrecht - Slipped Disc
6. Conductor Competition Sir Georg Solti
"Every two years, the renowned Frankfurt culturalinstitutions organize the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition. This yearmore than 405 young conductors from 72 countries have registered. Tenapplicants came to the final selection. The final took place on Sunday morningat the Alte Oper Frankfurt. Australian Daniel Smith, Chinese Daye Lin and USAmerican Brandon Keith Brown were on the stand of the hr symphony orchestra."
"Brandon Keith Brown was the most convincing performerof Ravel's work. His interpretation of the overture to Wagner's opera Rienzialso became an exciting subject. Full of temperament and design potential, heavoided any factual and cool approach. Here was a young conductor on thepodium, who knew how to create his own sound world and breathe with theorchestra. The American built up tension and dynamism(...) Brandon Keith Brown,the favorite of the audience, won the third prize. Brown has the greatestpotential for development, for his conducting possessed a deep feeling as wellas the urge to design. Without these qualities, a conductor will hardly be ableto please the audience in the long term. "
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Jump-in ready? Company Year
Copland: Rodeo Nürnberger Symphoniker 2018
Nicolai: Die Lustigen Weiber Von Windsor 24 hours Mainfranken Theater Würzburg 2016
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte 1 week University of Missouri-Kansas City 2009
Britten: Albert Herring 1 week University of Missouri-Kansas City 2008


3rd Prize, audience favorite, Sir Georg Solti international competition
Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn Scholar Leipzig