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Alex Amsel

Associate Conductor

Argentinian-Mexican conductor Alex Amsel has quickly established himself as a conductor equally at home on orchestral and operatic podiums, as well as a music educator for students of all ages. Amsel’s hope is to integrate music into the fabric of every community he works with to reshape how we think about society and our place in it. Amsel is thrilled to join The Phoenix Symphony for the 2023-2024 season where he will lead classical, education, and film concerts. As a Music Director finalist for the Elgin Symphony in Illinois, he led “a vibrant and textured account maintaining superb balance so its many intricacies came through…punctuating a dynamic performance” (Chicago Classical Review). Firmly committed to educating promising musicians, Amsel will lead performances of Massanet’s Cendrillon at the University of North Texas during the Fall of 2023. He joined the Houston Grand Opera as Resident Conductor for the 2022-2023 season with productions of Verdi’s La traviata at the Wortham Theatre and world-premiere production of Jeremy Howard Beck’s Another City. Amsel spent 3 seasons with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra where he was appointed Assistant Conductor by Robert Spano and led the orchestra in a variety of concerts including symphonic, chamber and education/outreach concerts. In high demand for summer seasons as both a conductor and educator, Amsel has performed with orchestras at Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Round Top Music Festival, as well as launching the chamber orchestra for the top students at the AFA Summer Festival. Other engagements include Assistant Conductor and Choir Master for the Peabody Conservatory Symphonies, Opera Theatre, and Concert Choirs. Amsel holds a Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Peabody Conservatory studying under the tutelage of Marin Alsop, and was selected for the prestigious Aspen Conducting Academy for the 2020 and 2021 summers and has worked closely with Cristian Macelaru, Robert Spano, Patrick Summers, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

During his free time, Amsel is a biking, architecture, wine, and Golden Retriever aficionado.


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