Conductor | Worldwide

Current Positions

  • Alarm Will Sound – Artistic Director and Co-founder
  • Crash Ensemble (Dublin) – Principal Conductor
  • Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble – Co-Director


Recent Positions

  • Brooklyn Philharmonic – Artistic Director
  • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music – Visiting Faculty Conductor
  • Eastman School of Music – Visiting Faculty Conductor


Current Activities

  • Symphoniker Hamburg


Recent Activities

  • Prototype Festival – production of 3 new operas
  • MACE at Mannes CollegeAlabama Symphony Orchestra
  • New World Symphony
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic – Brooklyn Festival
  • London Sinfonietta
  • Orchestra of St. Luke’s
  • Steve Reich Ensemble
  • Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW
  • Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
  • The Silk Road Project



Co-founder of Alarm Will Sound, a versatile ensemble that performs a wide range of styles ranging from European to American works, from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. The ensemble fosters close relationships with contemporary composer and has commissioned and premiered many pieces. Alarm Will Sound itself includes many composer-performers, which allows for an unusual degree of insight into the creation and performance of new work.

  • Alarm Will Sound is the resident ensemble at the annual Mizzou International Composers Festival, held each July in Columbia, MO focusing on world premiere performances of music by emerging composers.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art – Alarm Will Sound (4-concert series)
  • ASCAP Concert Music Award
  • Best Concert of the Year 2008 citations by New York Magazine and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Best of 2009 lists for a/rhythmia CD on by WNYC radio, Washington Post, Boston Herald, and Time Out
  • John Adams’ Son of Chamber Symphony world premiere
  • Carnegie Hall workshop collaboration with Dawn Upshaw and Osvaldo Golijov
  • 1969 - a multimedia performance piece - created and toured with Alarm Will Sound



  • Steve Reich Tehillim and The Desert Music (Cantaloupe Music)
  • Steve Reich Radio Rewrite– Alarm Will Sound (Nonsuch Records)
  • Steve Reich Daniel Variations – London Sinfonietta (Nonsuch Records)
  • Donnacha Dennehy ​Grá agus Bás - Dawn Upshaw, Iarla Ó Lionáird and the Crash Ensemble (Nonsuch Records)
  • Derek Bermel Canzonas Americanas– Alarm Will Sound (Cantaloupe Records)
  • Alarm Will Sound a/rhythmia – Alarm Will Sound(Nonesuch Records)
  • Alarm Will Sound Plays the Music of Aphex Twin (Cantaloupe Music)
  • Silk Road Journeys - Yo-Yo Ma (Sony Classical)



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