Sameer makes his Jacobs Masterworks debut with the San Diego Symphony February 10-11, 2018. The concerts feature the world premiere of Adam Schoenberg's Orchard in Fog, a violin concerto written for and performed by Anne Akiko Meyers.
In January, Sameer will share the podium with the incomparable John Williams at a gala performance with the San Diego Symphony.
For the second year in a row, Sameer is the recipient of a 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. Click here to read the press release about the 2017 Awards!
In the summer of 2017, Sameer joins the Sun Valley Summer Symphony as Associate Conductor. The organization is the largest privately funded, free admission orchestra in the United States, and its musicians come from some of North America's finest ensembles, including the San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and many others. In this position, Sameer will conduct the orchestra on three programs, assist Music Director Alasdair Neale, present their popular pre-concert Lawn Chats, and work with young musicians at their Summer Music Institute. Please click here for the news release.
Sameer will conduct two programs on the San Diego Symphony's 2017-2018 Masterworks Season. He makes his highly anticipated subscription debut leading a program of Liszt's Les Preludes, the world premiere of Adam Schoenberg's Violin Concerto with Anne Akiko Meyers as soloist, and Jean Sibelius's Symphony no. 5 (February 10-11, 2018). He also leads a program featuring a Beyond the Score investigation and performance of Rachmaninoff's Isle of the Dead (February 9, 2018). More information on Sameer's concerts, as well as the entire San Diego Symphony 2017-2018 Season can be seen here.
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.
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