Announcing our New Associate Conductor
SUN VALLEY, Idaho – The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is pleased to announce Sameer Patel as their new Associate Conductor. Currently in his second season as Associate Conductor for the San Diego Symphony, Patel is regarded as one of America’s most exciting young conductors.
Alasdair Neale, Music Director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, explains of Patel, “He is a wonderful young man” and “a very talented conductor. He has a warm and generous personality. I think he’ll be a good fit for the orchestra and for the community.”
Patel’s accomplishments include winning the 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award and a prestigious conducting fellowship award with the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Foundation in Leipzig. He’s studied at the renowned Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, with Daniele Gatti, Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. For the 2017-2018 season, Patel makes his highly-anticipated subscription debut conducting two programs with the San Diego Symphony.
In addition to his Associate Conductor duties for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in 2017, Patel will be a featured speaker for the Symphony’s pre-concert discussions titled Lawn Chats and will help provide music instruction for the Summer Music Institute, the Symphony’s summer youth music-education program.
“It’s an honor to serve as Associate Conductor of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony,” says Patel. “I look forward to working closely with Alasdair Neale, the musicians and the staff. Everybody I’ve spoken with shares their enthusiasm about Sun Valley’s beauty, but they also never fail to rave about the high level of music making and the generosity of the people who call it home year after year. This promises to be a meaningful experience for me, and I’m excited to join the team.”