Chamber Orchestra Names New Music Director

Maestro KraemerPosted: June 6, 2012

Gannon is excited to announce Matthew Kraemer as the new music director of the University’s Erie Chamber Orchestra.

Kraemer was one of three finalists brought to campus for interviews and the opportunity to lead the orchestra as a guest conductor. Kraemer succeeds the late Bruce Morton Wright and will be just the second music director in the orchestra’s history.

“It will be an honor to serve with the Erie Chamber Orchestra and I’m eager to begin working with our musicians and Gannon University to create an exciting 2012-13 concert season,” Kraemer said. “For more than three decades, Bruce led this ensemble with passion and creativity and built a diverse audience through the guiding principle that beautiful music should be accessible to all.

“I look forward to continuing his tradition of vibrant programming for music lovers in the Erie area.”

Concerts offered by Gannon University's Erie Chamber Orchestra are always free and open to the public. For more information on the orchestra, contact Gannon University at 814-871-7755. 

More about Matthew Kraemer, new music director of the Gannon University Erie Chamber Orchestra  

Kraemer, associate conductor of the Buffalo (N.Y.) Philharmonic Orchestra, is known for his energized sense of interpretation, inspired performances and innovative programming. As associate conductor, Kraemer leads the Buffalo Phil’s Pops Series and appears in its major performances. He plays a vital role in designing and conducting the orchestra’s award-winning education and community engagement programs and assists the Buffalo Phil’s music director, JoAnn Falletta, during recording sessions and on tour.

As a recipient of the distinguished Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship and the Bruno Walter Career Development Grant, Kraemer served a residency with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Music Festival in 2006. His many guest conducting engagements have included the Akron, Asheville, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Hartford, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, Spokane, St. Louis, North Carolina and Virginia symphony orchestras as well as the Reno Chamber Orchestra. His vast experience also has taken him to Europe, with the Vidin Philharmonic and the Orquesta de Cadaqués.

Kraemer also has led fully-staged performances with Virginia Ballet Theatre, Ohio Ballet and Neglia Ballet Artists, among others. He has served as conductor for Broadway superstar Idina Menzel’s symphony engagements nationally and has collaborated with numerous other leading artists.

Prior to his appointment with the Buffalo Phil, Kraemer was associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, leading it in more than 200 performances.

An Indiana native, Kraemer is a graduate of Butler University and the University of Nevada, Reno. He studied conducting in Vienna, Austria, with Salvador Mas Conde and twice was a fellowship conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. 

He and his wife, Megan, reside in Buffalo, N.Y.