Joseph Young is increasingly regarded as one of America’s rising young conductors. His recent engagements include the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. In 2013, Joseph was a Semi-finalist in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition (Bamberg, Germany). In 2011, he was one out of six conductors featured in the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by the Louisiana Philharmonic. In 2008, Joseph was the first recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant for young conductors.
Recently concluding his tenure as Resident Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony, Joseph dedicated his energy and passion to audiences of all ages. Joseph maintained a leading role in the development of the Family and Education Series and conducted regularly on the orchestra’s classics and pop concert series. Prior to joining The Phoenix Symphony, Joseph concluded a successful season with the Buffalo Philharmonic as assistant conductor and League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow. His duties included conducting numerous education, pops and special event concerts. In addition to his conducting duties he worked closely with the orchestra’s education director to create in-school programs and community outreach events. In 2007 Joseph made his professional debut as the first recipient of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship. From 2007-2009 he worked with the Baltimore Symphony where his responsibilities included leading the orchestra in numerous education and outreach concerts and assisting Music Director Marin Alsop and such conductors as John Adams, Leonard Slatkin, Arild Remmereit and Jun Märkl.
Joseph completed graduate studies with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009, earning an artist’s diploma in conducting. He received further conducting studies at the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, the 2010 Jorma Panula International Master class in Porto, Portugal and in 2012 at the Tanglewood Music Center. From 2007-2010, he was also one of five recipients of the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious American Conducting Fellowship.