Rising conductor Patel, connecting with musicians in Indiana

Posted on: June 2, 2014

“In his three years with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, associate conductor Sameer Patel has become an increasingly familiar face in the community,” writes Michele DeVinney in the June issue of Fort Wayne Monthly magazine (Indiana). “Beyond the Philharmonic’s own season schedule, he can also be seen conducting performances with other organizations, such as the recent production of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ with Fort Wayne Ballet, or working with the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. In a relatively short time, Patel has distinguished himself as a unique and popular addition to the Philharmonic family…. ‘I’ve been very fortunate in my three years with the Philharmonic in that every rehearsal I learn something from every musician in the orchestra,’ Patel says…. ‘It’s important to embrace what the musicians bring to it, their experience and ideas, so that you’re shaping the performance together rather than me imposing my will on them.’ … Still considered a young conductor (‘You’re generally always considered a young conductor until you’re in your 50s’), he savors each opportunity to work with his colleagues and to take that music to an audience.” Sameer Patel was one of six conductors who participated in the League of American Orchestras’ 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by Florida’s Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Posted June 2, 2014