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Andrew Altenbach

Music Director, Opera Studies; Collaborative Piano Faculty

ANDREW ALTENBACH, music director and conductor—has been critically acclaimed for possessing a “beyond-his-years mature sense” of musical style and nuance.  He persistently utilizes his deep passion for musical creation, extensive performance background, and personal drive to enrich the experiences of audiences and performers alike.  With a repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary works and “conducting that emphasizes details and care,” he continues to garner attention as a musical leader of his generation.  He enters his second season as the music director of opera at The Boston Conservatory, as well as the newly-appointed artistic director of the Boston Opera Collaborative. Mr. Altenbach also serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, a new professional orchestra in the Twin Cities dedicated to Baroque and Classical repertoire. Their debut concerts in January received rave reviews and will be broadcast by public radio in the Spring. He recently guest conducted Boston’s new white-hot period instrument ensemble, Grand Harmonie, for their Boston and New York symphonic premiers. Recent guest conducting engagements have included the Memphis, Milwaukee, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Altenbach has conducted the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Brevard Music Center Orchestra.  He has held posts as music director of the St. Cloud Symphony, Bach Chamber Players of St.Paul, and North Shore Chamber Orchestra, and he was Conducting Fellow of the Chautauqua Institution and associate conductor of the world renowned Grand Teton Music Festival under Donald Runnicles. Mr. Altenbach recently conducted Le Nozze di Figaro and La Bohème with Opera Africa in Johannesburg and maintains a guest relationship with that company. He has conducted at Opera Birmingham, Indiana University Opera Theatre, and Temple University Opera Theatre. He has been associate conductor of Central City Opera for two seasons as well as the Minnesota Opera, giving numerous performances and serving as the company chorus master. Altenbach has served on the conducting/coaching staffs of the Santa Fe Opera, Music Academy of the West, Cincinnati Opera and San Francisco Opera Merola Program. Altenbach received degrees from Northwestern and Indiana Universities. His conducting teachers include David Effron and Victor Yampolsky, while studying piano with Karen Shaw, Martin Katz and Alan Chow. Altenbach currently resides in Boston with his wife, Julia, and their son, Henry.

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