When I was a member of the Esbjerg Ensemble in Denmark, my colleagues asked me if I could conduct a very complicated piece that didn’t have a horn part. I realized that not only was this something I could do quite well, but also that I really enjoyed this silent participation in music making.
I have since continued to conduct many complex scores as the resident conductor for the ACA-festival (American Composer Association) and, since 2003, as the music director for the Pocket Opera Players of New York. With the latter organization, I led premieres of three full-length operas, as well as numerous song-cycles and oratorios.
My training includes private instruction with the late maestro Jens Nygaard and my philosophy is for the conductor to be a participating musician who allows for the interpretation to grow organically out of the collaboration in rehearsal.
Through my operatic experience, I have developed a special fondness for the art of accompanying. Below is a link to obtain the DVD of the world premiere performance of John Eaton’s opera “Benjamin Button”.