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Adrian Slywotzky

LEO Lecturer of Conducting


Adrian Slywotzky is a recent prize winner of the Atlantic Coast International Conducting Competition (Portugal, 2016) and the Audite International Conducting Competition (Poland, 2017). He was the founding conductor of the Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra, and from 2007–10 the music director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra.

An avid exponent of contemporary music, Slywotzky directed the world premiere of Hugo Kauder’s magnum opus, the opera Merlin. As a conductor for Yale’s New Music New Haven concert series, he led performances of music by David Felder, Tom Johnson, David Lang, and Bernard Rands, as well as premieres of numerous works by graduate student composers.

Slywotzky is a sought-after educator. He has served as a teaching fellow for the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, associate conductor and artistic advisor of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and on the faculty of the Conductors Retreat at Medomak. He was a conductor of the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra for 2008–10 and was invited to direct the Rhode Island All-State Orchestra in 2013. For five years Slywotzky was the director of instrumental music at Hopkins School in New Haven, CT, and he has taught at Neighborhood Music School, Elm City ChamberFest, and the Southern Maine String Camp.

Slywotzky holds degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Kenneth Kiesler, and the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Shinik Hahm. As a violinist, Slywotzky has participated in festivals including Tanglewood Music Center, California Summer Music, and the Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival. He holds a BA in architecture from Yale College, where he studied violin with Kyung Yu, and an MM in violin performance from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Wendy Sharp.

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