Adam Glaser is currently Music Director of the professional-
caliber Juilliard Pre-College Orchestras, and Director of
Orchestras and Associate Professor of Music at Hofstra
University. He serves as a cover conductor for the New
Jersey Symphony Orchestra and was Principal Conductor of
the NYU Orchestras. Notable engagements include a nine-
concert residency with the Symphonia Boca Raton,
performances with the orchestras of Wheeling, Illinois and
Victoria (British Columbia), and collaborations with such
distinguished artists as Itzhak Perlman, Joyce Yang, Conrad
Tao, Vijay Gupta, Timo Andres, Monica Yunus and Areta
Zhulla. Conservatory and youth orchestra engagements
include the Interlochen Philharmonic, Purchase Symphony
Orchestra, National Association for Music Education All-
Eastern Honors Orchestra and All-State Honors Orchestras of
NewYork and Connecticut. Selected awards include the American-Austrian Foundation’s Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors, which sponsored his residence at the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Philharmonic’s Attergau Orchestra Institute. He was a finalist for the assistant conductor positions at the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony.
An established composer, Glaser’s works have been performed by over 30 orchestras throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the orchestras of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Baltimore, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Utah, Vancouver and Toronto. Commissions include his Passacaglia for string orchestra, Launch for orchestra and chorus, and an arrangement of Hatikvah for string orchestra and children’s chorus.
Glaser’s opera credits include his New York City Opera debut conducting the world premiere of Ted Rosenthal’s Dear Erich, La Tragédie de Carmen (Bizet/Constant) with Curtis Opera Theater, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Gluck’s L’Ivrogne Corrige and Schubert’s Die Verschworenen with Hofstra Opera Theater, and Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne with Ridotto Opera Theater. As Resident Principal Conductor at the Usdan Center for the Arts, he led several multi-disciplinary performances including a collaboration with the Usdan Center’s ballet company, chorus, vocal soloists and orchestra in selections from Orff’s Carmina Burana.
An active jazz pianist, composer and recording artist, Glaser released his debut CD, Wide Awake, with the Adam Glaser Trio in 2019, and followed it up in 2021 with a solo album, Excursions, featuring 15 original instrumentals spanning a variety of contemporary jazz styles. As a founding member of Phil Orch Jazz, Glaser has performed and toured with this unique group of Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, appearing at such venues as World Cafe Live and the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Stage in Philadelphia, the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center in New York, and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado. Equally at home across the pop/contemporary spectrum, he has collaborated with groups ranging from the bluegrass-inspired DePue Brothers Band to world-music/fusion group Batik. Following several years as a consultant and marketing manager for Fortune 500 companies, Glaser maintains a keen interest in commercial music, audio branding and the use of music and sound throughout the business world.
Profoundly committed to arts education and community engagement, Glaser is the creator and host of The Composer’s Paintbrush, a series in which he leads audiences through an exploration of the creative techniques behind musical masterworks, previously presented by New York’s Morgan Library & Museum.
Glaser earned graduate degrees in orchestral conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Michigan, an MBA from the Ross School of Business (University of Michigan), a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a diploma in composition from the Juilliard Pre-College Division. His primary conducting teachers include Otto-Werner Mueller and Kenneth Kiesler, and his master class teachers include Christoph Eschenbach, Helmut Rilling and Gianluigi Gelmetti.
For more information, please visit www.adamglaser.com.