Damon Gupton to lead Cliburn amateur competition finals in June

Posted on: May 31, 2016

“Actor Damon Gupton will take on a new role next month—that of conductor for the final round of the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition,” leading competitors and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on June 25 at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, writes Stephanie Allmon Merry in Thursday’s (5/26) Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas). “Gupton, a graduate of the drama division of the Juilliard School, is an accomplished actor whose TV credits include The Newsroom, Empire, Law & Order, The Player and, most recently, A&E’s Bates Motel. But Gupton also is a sought-after conductor. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Michigan and [has conducted] the Detroit Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra and other groups…. He was a conducting fellow of the Houston Symphony and winner of the Eduardo Mata Conducting Competition. Gupton [led] the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Night at the Oscars’ program earlier this year…. The Cliburn finalists will choose one movement of a concerto to perform with Gupton and the FWSO.… Winners will be announced at the conclusion of play June 25…. The competition will be webcast live on Cliburn.org.”

Posted May 31, 2016