After one season as Assistant Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, Sameer has received a two-year extension of his contract and has been promoted to Associate Conductor, beginning in the 2016-2017 season. "We are delighted to promote Sameer Patel to the position of Associate Conductor as he has had an incredible impact on our audiences and on our community of San Diego in his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra," said Martha Gilmer, the Symphony's Chief Executive Officer. "His musical contribution is matched by his hands-on dedication to go to area high schools and work with our students, speaking to students before open rehearsals, and leading the orchestra in concerts that reach a broad public. Sameer will make his subscription debut with the San Diego Symphony during the 2017-2018 season.
Sameer shines in his debut with the Fresno Philharmonic. Click here to read the glowing review and wide coverage in the Fresno Bee of his week as a Music Director candidate.
Sameer has been recommended by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and Maestro Daniele Gatti for future guest conducting engagements in Europe, and will return to Italy in September 2016 to lead two programs with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo
Out of more than 120 applications, Sameer is one of only six conductors to participate in the Accademia Musicale Chigiana's masterclass with Daniele Gatti, Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. As the only American conductor selected for this honor, Sameer will work daily with Maestro Gatti and the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, making his debut with the orchestra on August 12, 2016 at the Teatro dei Rozzi in Siena.
Sameer will guest conduct the St. Louis Symphony in March 2017 in a collaboration with the Saint Louis Zoo. More information here!
Sameer is the recipient of a 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award. The Foundation's mission is to identify, support, and promote emerging young American conductors as they launch their classical careers. Upon the announcement, San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer remarked, "Since joining the Symphony as assistant conductor last year, Sameer has been an invaluable asset to the orchestra...He is not only a fine musician but he is dedicated to bringing music to our community...We are fortunate to have Sameer as part of the San Diego Symphony family and appreciate the wonderful contribution he has made in such a short period of time. We congratulate Sameer for this prestigious award." Click here to read the official press release, and click here to read the story from the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Sameer closes the 2015-2016 Family Festival series with the San Diego Symphony in a performance called Much Ado About Music: Shakespeare and the Symphony. This program commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, featuring the music of Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Korngold, and Vaughan Williams. The concert also features a side-by-side performance featuring students from three area youth orchestras, as well as dancers from the Civic Youth Ballet and student and professional actors from the San Diego Shakespeare Society. Click here for more information, including an interview with Sameer about the program and his interest in Shakespeare.
Sameer will lead the San Diego Symphony in a performance of Beethoven's Symphony no. 6, "Pastoral" on February 20th, 2016. This performance is part of a special event on music perception, the mind, and hearing loss. The first half of the program features presentations by renowned researchers Dr. Nina Kraus and Dr. Charles Limb, as well as performances by percussionist Steven Schick, jazz artist Gilbert Castellanos, and the San Diego Symphony String Quartet. More information is available here.
Sameer will open the 2016-2017 Season of the Fresno Philharmonic as a Music Director candidate. For more information, and the story in the Fresno Bee, please click here.
Sameer is featured in the August 7th edition of San Diego Downtown News. In this feature, he speaks about his background, his work with the San Diego Symphony, and the city he's proud to call home. Click here to read.
On July 10, Sameer debuted as the new Assistant Conductor of the San Diego Symphony with a surprise Comic-Con performance for almost 7,000 Star Wars fans. Partnering with Disney, the concert featured the cast from the newest J.J. Abrams film, the music of John Williams, and film clips from the various Star Wars films. The composer himself made a personal video appearance in which he recognized Sameer by saying the concert was "conducted by the very, very talented Sameer Patel." For more press coverage, click here.
After a competitive audition process yielding more than 165 applications, Sameer has been named the Assistant Conductor of the San Diego Symphony. To read the press coverage please click on the "Press" page above. More information, including Sameer's 2015-2016 Season, will be available soon!
Sameer will return to the Jacksonville Symphony in May for five programs over the course of ten days. This will be his second visit of the 2014-2015 season, and his fourth since working with the orchestra at the League of American Orchestras 2013 National Conductor Preview. On this visit, he will conduct a concert for Jacksonville Symphony donors, a concert featuring The Beach Boys, two outdoor programs, and a concert with Peabo Bryson. More information is available on the orchestra's website.
Following his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra last May, Sameer will return to lead the orchestra in the 2015-2016 season. More information coming soon!
Sameer will make his debut with the Pacific Symphony at Segerstrom Concert Hall in April, 2015. The press release is available here.
Sameer returns to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in December 2014 for six Holiday Pops performances at the Embassy Theatre. Click here to read a preview in Whatzup Magazine about these concerts and a short profile of what he's been up to since leaving the Phil.
Sameer sat down with WUOT, Knoxville's NPR affiliate to look ahead to his performance with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Click here to listen
Sameer has been named a 2014-2015 Project Inclusion Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta by its Music Director, Mei-Ann Chen. More info and press release here.
Sameer sat down with Northeast Indiana Public Radio (WBOI 89.1 FM) to reflect on the Fort Wayne Philharmonic's 70th Season and to look ahead at an optimistic future. Click here to read and listen.
Sameer and his work with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic is featured in Fort Wayne Monthly's May 2014 issue. The magazine is available locally at newsstands and bookshops or click here to read.
Sameer makes his debut May 3, 2014 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in a Classical Kids Live! production of Tchaikovsky Discovers America. More information in the TSO's press release.
Sameer has been invited to lead education concerts with the Phoenix Symphony throughout the 2014-2015 Season. He will conduct programs in November, February, and March. More information will be available soon.
Sameer will make his debut with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in the 2014-2015 Season. The October Masterworks concerts will feature the music of Mussorgsky, Dukas, and Berlioz. Click here for concert information
Sameer will make his debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in the 2014-2015 Season. He will conduct the TSO in October 2014 on their Mozart and More series, leading a program of Britten's Soirees Musicales, Haydn's Cello Concerto with Julian Schwartz, and Mozart's Symphony no. 39. Click here for more information
Sameer has been invited to conduct education concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in March 2014
Sameer will make his debut with the Reading Symphony Orchestra in April 2014, leading the RSO in a performance of Bravo Broadway.
Sameer has been invited by the St. Louis Symphony to cover and assist Maestro Jaap van Zweden in subscription concerts featuring the music of Beethoven and Shostakovich, January 29-February 2.
In a November 2013 article on Polyphonic.org, Sameer and fellow conducting colleagues share their thoughts on the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, their experiences in the conducting profession, and their hopes for the future of the industry. Click here to read
Sameer will return to conduct the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in November 2013! He worked with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in the League of American Orchestras 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, and on this visit he will collaborate with the Classical Mystery Tour in two performances of The Music of the Beatles on November 16 and 17. Click here for more information.
Sameer will debut with the Naples Philharmonic at Art-is Naples on May 17, 2014. He will conduct Carnegie Hall's Link Up program The Orchestra Rocks! which will feature his friend and frequent collaborator Fernando Tarango as host and singer. Together, Sameer and Fernando have transformed the education concerts of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and are excited to bring their energy and passion for music education to Naples, Florida. Click here for more information.
Sameer has been promoted to Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, effective in the 2013-14 season. He will continue to lead the orchestra in Education, Family, Pops, and Regional concerts as well as take on an expanded role in engaging audiences in the community.
Sameer has been selected by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Riccardo Muti as one of ten semi-finalists out of a highly competitive field of 119 applicants from 25 countries to audition for the Second International Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship.
Sameer has been honored by the League of American Orchestras as one of six emerging conductors chosen to lead the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. This prestigious conducting showcase is scheduled for March 13, 2013. This industry event, which takes place every other year in partnership with a League member orchestra, brings highly talented rising conductors to the attention of American orchestra leaders. Click here for more information.
Sameer has been invited to conduct the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the 2013-2014 season. He will conduct two performances of "Tchaikovsky Discovers America" with Classical Kids LIVE! and the TSO on May 3, 2014. Click here for more information.
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