German conductor Christian Reif joins the San Francisco Symphony as Resident Conductor and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) in the 2016-17 season. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in September 2015 leading the West Coast premiere of Ted Hearne’s Dispatches. He recently completed two seasons as conducting fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami, where he was mentored by Michael Tilson Thomas. Mr. Reif served as a conducting fellow at Tanglewood in summer 2016, and he has also served as assistant and cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor for Alan Gilbert at the NY Phil Biennial. Mr. Reif won the German Operetta Prize in 2015, awarded by the German Music Council. He is currently a member of Germany's Conductor's Forum. Mr. Reif completed his master of music in conducting at the Juilliard School under Alan Gilbert and he also studied with Dennis Russell Davies at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Mr. Reif recently made his Berkeley Symphony debut, leading a program of works by Mason Bates and Beethoven, as well as his debut with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Highlights of his 2015-16 season included performances with the Munich Chamber Opera and the Meininger Hofkapelle. He also led the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in the world premiere of Mehmet C. Yesilçay's Lieder aus der Fremde, which addresses the current European refugee crisis.