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Joseph Young

Former Assistant Conductor & ASYO Music Director

Joseph Young


Joseph Young served a three-year position beginning June 1, 2014, as Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Music Director. His final performance in this capacity with the Orchestra was at the annual "Concert in the Park" performance in Piedmont Park in June 2017. Joseph is currently the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles at the Peabody Conservatory.

Increasingly recognized as "one of the most gifted conductors of his generation," Joseph conducted more than 50 concerts per season with the Atlanta Symphony, which included programs on the Delta Classical Series, Concerts for Young People and Families, and various other concerts geared towards specific audiences in the community. Mr. Young also served as the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he was the driving force behind the ensemble's artistic growth. Previous appointments have included Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011/12 season, and League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony.

Joseph made his major American orchestral debut in January 2008 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has since appeared with the Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Bamberger Symphoniker, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE (Madrid), and Chicago Sinfonietta, among others. During the 2015/16 Season he made his subscription debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Little Orchestra Society as well as return appearances with the Baltimore Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony.

Joseph is a recipient of the 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award for young conductors, an award he also won in 2008 and 2014. In 2013, Joseph was a semi-finalist in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition (Bamberg, Germany). In 2011, he was one of six conductors featured in the League of American Orchestra's prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by the Louisiana Philharmonic.

Joseph earned his bachelor's degree in music education at the University of South Carolina, and completed graduate studies with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009, earning an artist's diploma in conducting. He has been mentored by many world-renowned conductors including Jorma Panula, Robert Spano and Marin Alsop, whom he continues to maintain a close relationship.

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