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Assistant Conductor and Community Liaison Andrew Crust
Andrew Crust is in his second season as Assistant Conductor of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. In the 17/18 season, Mr. Crust will script, program and conduct education and family concerts. Mr. Crust was also recently named Assistant Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2017 where he will conduct a variety of concerts including ballet, education, Pops and subscription, and also serves as Conductor of the Memphis Youth Symphony.
Mr. Crust is an orchestra and opera conductor most active in the US and Canada. Some of his recent conducting positions include Emerging Artist with the Boston Lyric Opera, Cover Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Assistant/Cover Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic, Music Director of the CU-Boulder Campus Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor of Opera McGill. Mr. Crust was selected as one of two Assistant Conductors for the Carnegie Hall Weill Institute’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA for 2017, where he worked primarily with NYO2 and assisted the orchestra and Giancarlo Guerrero in a side-by-side performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a final concert at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Crust has performed as a conductor on three continents. Recent guest engagements include concerts with the Hartford Symphony, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie in Québec, the Boulder Opera Company, the Colorado New Music Ensemble, the Pendulum New Music Series, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Abroad, he has led concerts with the Hamburger Symphoniker at the Mendelssohn Festival in Germany, the Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, the Filharmonia “Mihail Jora” of Bacau, Romania, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile in Santiago, and the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana in Siena.
Mr. Crust has been influenced by a number of teachers and conductors from around the world, most notably Daniele Gatti, Marin Alsop, Alexis Hauser, Gary Lewis, Scott Yoo, Gustav Meier, and Markand Thakar. In 2016 he was selected to audition for Riccardo Muti and Renata Scotto for Muti’s Italian Opera Academy in Ravenna. He completed his doctorate at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016 with academic emphasis on Brahms performance practice and made a French-to-English translation of Igor Markevitch’s analysis of Beethoven’s symphonies.