Alan Buxbaum is an orchestral conductor based on the East Coast who is passionate about evolving the classical music industry. He was most recently the Assistant Conductor of the New York Youth Symphony and has given two Carnegie Hall premieres with the orchestra. He has assisted concerts for the Aspen Music Festival, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Colorado Symphony along with conducting Asko|Schönberg and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Mr. Buxbaum has also conducted the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich as a part of David Zinman’s 10th International Masterclass. In addition, he has served as Assistant Conductor for the 2018 Spoleto Festival USA, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra (PSO), the Peabody Youth Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra. During his tenure with the PSO, he covered concerts for both Leon Fleisher and Marin Alsop.
Mr. Buxbaum is an avid contemporary music proponent. He is currently a Co-Founder and Music Director of the Composer’s Recording Project, an ensemble dedicated to giving composers access to high quality recordings. Recently, Mr. Buxbaum participated in a workshop where he conducted readings and facilitated feedback sessions for eleven original compositions with the acclaimed Asko|Schönberg. In October of 2016, he organized and led a concert featuring Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto and several Peabody composers’ works. He is also the youngest conductor to have performed Georg Haas’s in vain, which was featured on Peabody’s contemporary music series Now Hear This under the mentorship of the composer.
Mr. Buxbaum attended the Aspen Conducting Academy as a fellow under the mentorship of Robert Spano in 2018. He also graduated from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins in 2017 with an MM in Orchestral Conducting under Marin Alsop and Markand Thakar. He holds a double-degree in Percussion Performance and Composition from Montclair State University, along with a minor in Microtonality and Harry Partch Studies under the tutelage of the late Dean Drummond. He is a native of Hillsdale, NJ and is a practitioner of Ashtanga yoga.