Joshua David Gersen
Joshua David Gersen, winner of the prestigious 2011 Aspen Conducting Prize, as well as the 2010 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, made his conducting debut at age 11 with the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra (GBYO) in Bridgeport, CT. He made his professional conducting debut five years later, when he led the Greater Bridgeport Symphony in a performance of his own composition, A Symphonic Movement. He is currently the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony, where he serves as the assistant conductor to the symphony’s Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and leads the orchestra in various subscription, education and family concerts. Mr. Gersen was also recently appointed Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, a post he began in September 2012. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied conducting with the esteemed Otto-Werner Mueller.