Matthew Kraemer

Recognized for his “musical sensitivity” and “energized sense of interpretation”, Matthew Kraemer is quickly making his mark among young American conductors for his inspired performances and versatility.  Mr. Kraemer currently serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and as Music Director of the Butler County Symphony. He recently completed five seasons as Music Director of the Erie Chamber Orchestra.  His active guest conducting schedule has included appearances with the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, North Carolina, Saint Louis, Spokane, and Syracuse symphony orchestras; as well as return engagements with the Rochester Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, and West Michigan Symphony.  He has also performed internationally, with Canada’s Mississauga Symphony and Hamilton Philharmonic, and in Europe with the Vidin Philharmonic and Orquesta de Cadaqués.  Mr. Kraemer served as associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic from 2009 to 2014, and as associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2010.
Increasingly recognized for his committed advocacy of music education, he has created numerous arts education programs reaching over 40,000 students throughout western New York, and has taught at music festivals both in the U.S. and abroad. 

His performances have been broadcast regularly on NPR’s Performance Today.

Recipient of the distinguished Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship and the Bruno Walter Career Development Grant, Mr. Kraemer served a residency with the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2006 Salzburg Music Festival.  Equally at home in the opera and ballet pit, his operatic credits include fully-staged productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park (American professional premiere), as well as ballet productions with Virginia Ballet Theatre, Ohio Ballet, First Coast Nutcracker, Neglia Ballet Artists, and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. 

He has collaborated with many leading artists, including Lang Lang, Philippe Quint, Jennifer Koh, Elmar Oliveira, Rachel Barton Pine, David Kim, Awadagin Pratt, Richard Stolzman, Wu Man, Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Ben Folds, Chris Botti, Jim Brickman, the Indigo Girls, Il Volo, Wynona Judd, and Natalie Merchant, among others.  As a frequent collaborator with Broadway superstar Idina Menzel, he has served as conductor for many of her numerous symphony engagements nationwide.

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