San Diego Symphony’s new assistant conductor welcomed by community

Posted on: August 11, 2015

In Friday’s (8/7) San Diego Downtown News, Margie M. Palmer profiles Sameer Patel, who recently debuted as assistant conductor of the San Diego Symphony leading a “Star Wars” concert. Growing up in Michigan, Patel studied piano and played in the school band, and in high school “realized he had a passion for conducting.” Says Patel, “I was drawn to the leadership aspect of it. I had a great band director … who had this way of inspiring all the students; I could tell from his work that so much of his time was spent in preparation. That’s what fascinated me—what goes on before rehearsal starts.” Patel spent three seasons as associate conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and in 2013 was “one of only six conductors selected by the League of American Orchestras for the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.” He and his wife now live in San Diego “close to Balboa Park, Downtown and countless restaurants. ‘It’s a great sense of community within this big city,’ he said.…’The byline for San Diego is America’s Finest City, and for me, in all honesty, it feels that way. It’s been a very welcoming place.’ ”

Posted August 11, 2015