Joseph Young is the newly appointed Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles at his alma mater, the Peabody Conservatory. He recently concluded a four-year tenure as assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony during which time he conducted more than fifty concerts per season. Mr. Young has also served as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, resident conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, and as a League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut at this performance.
Mr. Young made his major American orchestral debut in January 2008 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and he has since appeared with the Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE (Madrid), and Chicago Sinfonietta, among others. Highlights of recent seasons include his debuts with the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), New World Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Fayetteville Symphony.
Recipient of the 2008, 2014, and 2015 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award for young conductors, Mr. Young was a semi-finalist in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in 2013. In 2011, he was one of six conductors featured in the League of American Orchestras Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by the Louisiana Philharmonic.
Mr. Young earned his bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of South Carolina and completed graduate studies with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009, earning an artist's diploma in conducting. He has also been mentored by conductors including Jorma Panula, Robert Spano, and Marin Alsop.