Brook Speltz, Cello
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture - listen
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A Minor - listen
Copland: Symphony No. 3 - listen
Young American conductor Joshua Gersen will lead the CMF Festival orchestra in a program featuring Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A Minor performed by Brook Speltz, and Copland’s Symphony No. 3. Joshua 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 in Bridgeport, CT, and his professional conducting debut 5 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 also leads the orchestra in various subscription, education, and family concerts. He has also recently been appointed Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, a post he began in September 2012.
A regular performer with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony, Brook Speltz has built an enthusiastic fan base across the United States. Mr. Speltz has received top prizes in numerous major competitions. He is the recent grand prizewinner of the prestigious Ima Hogg Competition, which led to his highly anticipated debut with the Houston Symphony. He has also claimed top prizes at the ASTA National Competition and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Bronislaw Kaper Awards. Born in Los Angeles, Brook graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009, following studies with Peter Wiley and Carter Brey. He is currently pursuing a diploma at the Juilliard School, studying with Joel Krosnick.