With a unique combination of intensity and enthusiasm, American conductor Andrew Grams has steadily built a reputation for being one of classical music’s most promising young artists. Mr. Grams has led orchestras throughout the United States including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. He served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2004-2007 where he worked under the guidance of Franz Welser-Möst, and has since returned for several engagements.
A frequent traveler, Mr. Grams has worked extensively with orchestras abroad, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, BBC Symphony Orchestra London, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecillia, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
2013-2014 marks Mr. Grams’ inaugural season as Music Director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. He opened the Phoenix Symphony’s concert season with celebratory performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, will lead two full weeks of concerts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as make debut appearances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony. He enjoys return engagements with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival.
Born in Severn, Maryland, Mr. Grams began studying the violin when he was eight years old and began conducting at the age of 17 when he directed the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. In 1999 he received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School, and in 2003 he received a conducting degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller.
In 2002, Mr. Grams was appointed to the position of Assistant Conductor with the Reading Symphony Orchestra and returned to conduct that orchestra again in 2005. He was selected to spend the summer of 2003 studying with David Zinman, Murry Sidlin and Michael Stern at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and returned to that program again in 2004.
As an accomplished violinist, Mr. Grams was a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra from 1998-2004, serving as acting associate principal second violin in 2002 and 2004. Additionally, he has performed with ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony.