The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Cincinnati Pops have appointed SAMUEL LEE and DANIEL WILEY as assistant conductors for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and May Festival, beginning with the 2022-23 season. They succeed François López-Ferrer and Wilbur Lin, whose tenures conclude in August.
Samuel Lee is a first-prize winner of the BMI International Conducting Competition in Bucharest and the International Conducting Competition in Taipei. Guest conducting engagements include the Hamburg Camerata at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Leipziger Symphoniker at the Gewandhaus, as well as with Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt State Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Camerata, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, Arad Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Korean Symphony Orchestra. Lee was a conducting fellow with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2021 and 2022, and has been the chief conductor of the C.P.E. Bach Musikgymnasium Orchestra Berlin since 2016. As a violist, Lee has performed internationally, and from 2009 until 2017 he was the violist of Novus String Quartet. Lee is an alumnus of Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, where he studied viola and orchestral conducting.
Daniel Wiley’s conducting posts include assistant conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony, music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras, associate conductor of the Windsor (Ontario) Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestras, music director of the Windsor Symphony Community Orchestra, education conductor for London Symphonia, and assistant conductor for the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. Guest engagements include the Equilibrium Ensemble, Boise Philharmonic, Abilene Philharmonic, London (Ontario) Symphonia, Windsor Abridged Opera, University of Windsor’s Wind Ensemble, and the University of North Florida’s opera department. During the pandemic, Wiley was instrumental in expanding the Windsor Symphony’s educational footprint by creating a digital concert series for schools. For the Composing in the Wilderness program, part of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska, Wiley conducted numerous premieres in Denali National Park.