Joshua Gersen recently concluded his tenure as the assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, where he made his subscription debut in 2017 filling in for Semyon Bychkov. Mr. Gersen was previously the music director of the New York Youth Symphony and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation conducting fellow of the New World Symphony, where he served as assistant conductor to Michael Tilson Thomas, and led that orchestra in various subscription, education, and family concerts, including the orchestra's PULSE concert series. He is winner of the 2015 and 2016 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award, the Aspen Music Festival’s 2011 Aspen Conducting Prize, and the 2010 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize. Mr. Gersen served as Aspen’s assistant conductor for the 2012 summer season under Robert Spano and was principal conductor of the Ojai Music Festival in 2013. He has recently appeared as a guest conductor with the Chicago, Detroit, National, Toronto, New Jersey, Indianapolis, San Antonio, and North Carolina symphonies. He made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony in 2013 and has returned several times in the years following.
Also a composer, Mr. Gersen’s String Quartet No. 1 and Fantasy for Chamber Orchestra received their premieres at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. His works have been performed by the New Mexico Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and with the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra (GBYO). He has conducted several world premieres of new works by young composers with New York Youth Symphony as part of their First Music Program, and with the New York Philharmonic as part of their Very Young Composers program. He has also collaborated with prominent contemporary composers including John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christopher Rouse, Steven Mackey, Mason Bates, and Michael Gandolfi.
Mr. Gersen made his conducting debut at age eleven with the GBYO and 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 a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller, and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied composition with Michael Gandolfi.