Increasingly recognized as “one of the most gifted conductors of his generation,” Joseph Young makes his debut in the 2017-18 season as the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles at the Peabody Conservatory. In this role, he leads the programming and direction of all Peabody Conservatory instrumental ensembles.
In his most recent role as assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony, Young conducted more than 50 concerts per season with the Atlanta Symphony and also served as the music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previous appointments have included resident conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011-12 season, and League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with Buffalo Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony.
Young made his major American orchestral debut in January 2008 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has since appeared with Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Bamberger Symphoniker, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE(Madrid), and Chicago Sinfonietta, among others. In the 2015-16 Season he made his subscription debut with the Atlanta Symphony and Little Orchestra Society.
Young is a recipient of the 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards for young conductors, an award he also won in 2008 and 2014. In 2013, Young was a semi-finalist in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg, Germany. In 2011, he was one of six conductors featured in the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by the Louisiana Philharmonic.
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 been mentored by many world-renowned conductors including Jorma Panula, Robert Spano, and Marin Alsop with whom he continues to maintain a close relationship.