Adam Glaser, conductor/composer/pianist

Adam Glaser is one of the most engaging and versatile conductors on the music scene today, equally at home in the core symphonic and operatic repertoire as well as contemporary and pops. His most recent appointments include two newly-created positions: Principal Conductor of the NYU Orchestras, and an expanded role as Music Director of the professional-caliber Juilliard Pre-College Orchestras, which he has conducted in over 50 concerts at New York’s Lincoln Center. As the Director of Orchestras at Long Island’s Hofstra University, Mr. Glaser conducts the Hofstra Symphony Orchestra and Hofstra Chamber Orchestra, and teaches graduate-level seminars in score analysis. In the summer, he conducts the Interlochen Philharmonic at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and serves as Artistic Advisor for Long Island’s Usdan Center for the Arts.

Mr. Glaser’s guest conducting highlights include a 9-concert residency with the Symphonia Boca Raton, a last-minute walk-on with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and multiple concerts with the Victoria Symphony (BC), the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and the Interlochen Philharmonic. Other engagements include appearances with the Massapequa Philharmonic (NY), the Livingston Symphony Orchestra (NJ), the NAfME All-Eastern Honors Orchestra, the Connecticut All-State Honors Orchestra, and the orchestras of the Curtis Institute of Music, the University of Michigan, the New York Summer Music Festival, and the New England Music Festival. From the opera pit, Mr. Glaser served as Music Director for Curtis Opera Theater’s La Tragédie de Carmen (Bizet/Constant), for which he earned critical praise for leading the orchestra in “a sinewy and carefully balanced sound" (Philadelphia City Paper). Additional opera engagements include Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne with Ridotto Opera Theater and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Gluck’s L’Ivrogne Corrige and Schubert’s Die Verschworenen with Hofstra Opera Theater.

An established composer, Mr. Glaser has enjoyed performances of his works by over 25 orchestras throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, along with the orchestras of Phoenix, Utah, New Mexico, Austin, Long Beach, Dayton, Naples (FL), Long Island, New Hampshire, Virginia, Toledo, the University of Michigan, Cornell University and Stanford University, among others. Commissions include Launch, a concert piece for orchestra and chorus commissioned and premiered by the Lake Forest (IL) High School Orchestra and Chorus, and an arrangement of Hatikvah for string orchestra and children’s chorus, commissioned and premiered by the Usdan Center for the Arts to commemorate Israel’s 60th anniversary.

A lifelong jazz pianist and songwriter, Mr. Glaser is a founding member of Phil Orch Jazz, the renowned group comprised of members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Performing together since 1999, the band has appeared at such venues as Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live and the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Stage, the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center in New York, and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado. Elsewhere on the pop/jazz spectrum, Mr. Glaser has performed or recorded with the DePue Brothers Band (bluegrass), Batik (world music/fusion) and Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra (New Orleans/gospel). A former marketing executive and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Glaser maintains a keen interest in commercial music, audio branding and the use of music and sound throughout the business world. He is the founder of Glaser Music, Inc. (GMI), which specializes in the creation of original music for film, television, advertising, corporate/retail and new media.

Mr. Glaser earned graduate degrees in orchestral conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a student of Otto-Werner Mueller, and from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Kenneth Kiesler. He earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a diploma in composition from the Juilliard School Pre-College Division, and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Glaser has received awards from the Hermitage Artist Retreat, and from the American-Austrian Foundation, whose Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors sponsored his residence at the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Philharmonic’s Attergau Orchestra Institute. He participated in master classes with Christoph Eschenbach, Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival, and Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

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