Sameer Patel, conductor
Increasingly recognized by audiences and musicians for his musicality and passionate communication, Sameer Patel is one of America's most engaging young conductors. He recently spent three seasons as Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, where he conducted the orchestra in over 100 performances and invigorated the orchestra's engagement with the community.
In 2013, Sameer 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, an event that showcases emerging and talented conductors to orchestra industry professionals. He was a 2011 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholar, an honor given to him by former New York Philharmonic Music Director Kurt Masur. As part of this award, Sameer traveled to Europe to study with and assist Maestro Masur with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2014-2015 season, Sameer will guest conduct the Knoxville Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Little Orchestra Society, and the Alabama Symphony. In recent seasons he has also guest conducted the Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Muncie Symphony, Reading Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, and the Leipziger Sinfonieorchester in Germany.
A native of Michigan, Sameer began his musical training as a pianist and received both his graduate and undergraduate degrees at the University of Michigan, where he studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler. He furthered his training internationally with acclaimed conductors Kurt Masur, Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Gianandrea Noseda, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, JoAnn Falletta, Günther Herbig, and Marin Alsop. He has held prestigious conducting fellowships with the Boston Philharmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta, and credits his time with these organizations for developing his passionate approach to engaging with audiences of all backgrounds. Also an enthusiastic advocate for music education, Sameer has worked with school and youth orchestras in North America, South America, and Europe. For more information on Sameer, please visit www.sameer-patel.com