American conductor Tristan Rais-Sherman was conducting fellow of The Philadelphia Orchestra for the 2022–23 season and was named assistant conductor in June 2023, a role he will continue through the 2023–24 season. While in Philadelphia, he will assist Music and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin as well as other guest conductors and lead The Philadelphia Orchestra in a variety of different concert programs. He is a recipient of the 2022 Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation US.
Establishing his presence on the global music scene, Mr. Rais-Sherman recently competed in the renowned 2023 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition with the Bamberg Symphony. Further solidifying his international standing, he made successful debuts with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony and this season is scheduled to make his debut with the Baltimore Symphony.
In recognition of his growing impact in the orchestral field, Mr. Rais-Sherman has twice received the Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S., in 2022 and 2023. His dedication to nurturing future generations is reflected in his educational work, which includes leading the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, conducting master classes at the Philadelphia International Music Festival, and implementing educational programs with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the NEC Symphony.
Mr. Rais-Sherman’s unique approach to conducting has been shaped by industry leaders such as Hugh Wolff, Kenneth Kiesler, Cristan Măcelaru, David Zinman, Sian Edwards, Neil Varon, and Jeffrey Meyer. He holds an artist diploma from the New England Conservatory, a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in cello performance from Ithaca College.
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