The MSO welcomes guest conductor Andrews Sill, in Schubert’s moving Symphony No. 4, and the first performance by our brand new Young Artist Competition winner.
About Our Guest Conductor, Andrews Sill:
Andrews Sill has traversed a vast repertoire from established masterworks to premières in his symphonic, operatic, and ballet appearances, and has been lauded for his “strong artistic abilities, musical versatility, and winning personality.” Sill is Associate Music Director of New York City Ballet and Music Director of Milwaukee Ballet.
As a guest conductor, Andrews Sill has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Australia. His U.S. appearances have included engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Houston, San Antonio, New Mexico, Colorado Springs, Delaware, Long Beach, Charleston, and Anchorage Symphonies, as well as the Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra. Internationally, he has conducted at the Sydney Opera House, the Châtelet Theater in Paris, the Royal Danish Opera House, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, and the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro. On film, Sill’s performances have been captured on “Live from Lincoln Center,” “Ballet 422,” and Michael Pink’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
Born in New York City, Andrews Sill’s talents were discovered early, and at the age of fifteen he was accepted as a conducting and piano student at Yale University where he received his bachelor’s degree with honors. He continued his education under scholarship and fellowship awards from the Manhattan School of Music, earning his doctorate in 1987. He is an alumnus of the Aspen Music School, the Ravel Academy, and the National Conductors Preview of the League of American Orchestras.
Before joining New York City Ballet, Andrews Sill enjoyed highly successful tenures as Music Director of the Lubbock Symphony and the Sheboygan Symphony. Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2001, Sill joined the MSO as Assistant Conductor in 1995. He previously held the post of Associate Conductor with the Virginia Symphony and the Florida Symphony Orchestra. He began his career as Assistant Conductor of Boston Ballet from 1988-1990.
Active as a concert pianist, Andrews Sill is one of few artists who perform concertos leading the orchestra from the keyboard. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported after a recent performance of the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 that “Sill played and led a performance that had the cohesive, communicative quality of well-played chamber music. . . .The effect was a bold, invigorating performance that caught the wit and edge of the piece.” In addition to giving solo recitals, Sill has been a member of the Whitney Trio and the Manhattan Contemporary Ensemble.
Working with young musicians has always been an important part of Andrews Sill’s career. In addition to serving as Music Director of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, he has worked with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and numerous high school and college orchestras, regional festivals, and all-state orchestras. He is proud to serve as Music Director of PianoArts in Wisconsin, an organization which identifies and nurtures young artists and helps them develop new audiences.