Joseph Young became Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra in June 2014. Mr. Young assists with the artistic leadership of the Orchestra and serves as the primary conductor for the ASO’s education and community concerts.
Prior to joining the ASO, Mr. Young was Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony and also spent a season as Assistant Conductor and a League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with the Buffalo Philharmonic.
In 2007, Mr. Young made his professional debut as the first recipient of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO)-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship, and he worked with the BSO through 2009. His recent conducting engagements include the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música.
Mr. Young’s other professional accolades include being named a semi-finalist in the 2013 Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition and being featured in the League of American Orchestras' prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. Additionally he was the first recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant for young conductors. He has furthered his conducting studies at the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, the 2010 Jorma Panula International Master class in Porto, Portugal, and at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Mr. Young received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of South Carolina in 2004 and completed his graduate studies in conducting with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009.