Courtney Lewis biography

Hailed by the Boston Phoenix as ".both an inspired conductor.and an inspired programmer," Courtney Lewis is quickly becoming recognized as one of today's top emerging talents.

He is founder and music director of Boston's acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra with the mission of introducing inner-city school children to classical music while bringing new and unusual repertoire to established concert audiences. Lewis has also recently been promoted to associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he regularly conducts Young People's concerts, outdoor concerts, and other performances, making his subscription debut in the 2011/12 season.

In November 2008 Lewis made his major American orchestra debut with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Other than his July 2012 debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (of Ireland), other recent and upcoming appearances include returns to the St. Louis Symphony and the Ulster Orchestra (for a series of BBC Radio 3 Invitation Concerts) and debuts with the Sewanee and New Hampshire Music Festivals as well as the Atlanta Symphony and Washington's National Symphony Orchestra.

Appointed a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 2011/12 season, he made his debut with that orchestra in fall 2011, returning for additional performances in the spring. Spring 2012 also included his subscription debut with the Ulster Orchestra.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lewis attended the University of Cambridge, during which time he studied composition with Robin Holloway and clarinet with Dame Thea King, graduating with starred first class honours. After completing a master's degree with a focus on the late music of György Ligeti, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music, where his teachers included Sir Mark Elder and Clark Rundell.

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