Joshua David Gersen has been music director of the New York Youth Symphony since September 2012, and will become the New York Philharmonic’s assistant conductor in September 2015. He recently finished his tenure as conducting fellow at the New World Symphony, where he led the orchestra in subscription, education, and family concerts. He made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony in the fall of 2013 and will return in 2015; other orchestra engagements have included the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Pittsburgh symphonies.In 2013 Mr. Gersen was principal conductor of the renowned Ojai Music Festival in Ojai, California. In 2010 and 2011 he attended the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. The winner of the 2011 Aspen Conducting Prize, he served as the festival’s assistant conductor in 2012.
Mr. Gersen is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller and participated in master classes with internationally renowned conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, and Simon Rattle. Before attending Curtis, he studied conducting with Gustav Meier for six years.An avid composer, Mr. Gersen received a bachelor’s degree in composition from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with Michael Gandolfi. He has collaborated with such living composers as John Adams, Mason Bates, Michael Gandolfi, Steven Mackey, and Christopher Rouse.