Teddy Abrams named Louisville Orchestra’s next music director

Posted on: October 29, 2013

In The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) on Monday (10/28), Elizabeth Kramer reports, “Leaders of the Louisville Orchestra see an organization with a greater reach in the community under incoming music director 26-year-old Teddy Abrams. When he takes the reins from Jorge Mester next season, Abrams will be the youngest music director in the institution’s 76-year history. ‘We do need to be aware of how people interact with music today in this era and to present music in [such] a way that people feel intensely and powerfully connected to both the music and the musicians,’ Abrams said at his introduction Monday afternoon at the Kentucky Center. At Monday’s event, orchestra board president Jim Welch called Abrams ‘a young, creative, dynamic, innovative talent who was worked with orchestras not only around the U.S.; but around the world’ to help bring them closer to their communities. Mester, reached later in New York, said Abrams will bring ‘youthful exuberance and a lot of new ideas.’ Abrams, who will begin a three-year contract as music director in September 2014, has been the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s assistant conductor since 2012. There he has curated the content of the orchestra’s education concerts and concerts intended for families and reached new audiences through neighborhood performances.” 

Posted October 29, 2013