“Joseph Young was in the middle of rehearsing a Puccini opera with the student singers of Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory one afternoon in January when his phone started buzzing,” writes Joshua Kosman in Wednesday’s (4/17) San Francisco Chronicle. “It was the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, calling to find out if he was free to step in … and conduct a concert as the replacement for an ailing colleague…. He texted ‘yes’ at the next break, then went back to his rehearsal.… Young arrived in Berkeley ready to take on a single concert program. By the time he left town a few days later, he was a leading candidate to be the orchestra’s next music director. The appointment was made official this week. Young, 37, will take the reins with the start of the 2019-20 concert season, beginning with a three-year appointment.” He is the artistic director of ensembles at the Peabody Conservatory and previously served as assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and resident conductor of the Phoenix Symphony. In 2011, he participated in the League of American Orchestras’ Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, and prior to that he was a League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Posted April 18, 2019
Joseph Young photo by Jeff Roffman