Assistant Conductor Candidate
Andrew Crust is a North American conductor based in Montréal and Colorado. His recent conducting positions include Cover Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Assistant/Cover Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic, Music Director of the CU-Boulder Campus Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of Opera McGill, and Assistant Conductor of the CU-Boulder Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. He is in the final stages of a doctorate at the University of Colorado-Boulder in orchestral conducting with academic emphasis on Brahms performance practice.
Mr. Crust has performed as a conductor on three continents. Recent guest engagements include concerts with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie in Québec, the Boulder Opera Company, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra in Ontario as a finalist for the Music Director position (2016), the Colorado New Music Ensemble, the Pendulum New Music Series and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival where he served as the first-ever Assistant Conductor, leading children’s concerts and concerto readings. Mr. Crust frequently served as Cover Conductor for the Aurora Symphony in Colorado, and has been asked to lead a production of Don Giovanni with the Boulder Opera Company in collaboration with the Boulder Philharmonic in 2016. He also conducted concerts with the Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile in 2015.
Mr. Crust has been influenced by a number of teachers and conductors from around the world, most notably Marin Alsop, Alexis Hauser, Gary Lewis, Scott Yoo, Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar. In addition to his work as a conductor, Mr. Crust has been a concert reviewer for UK-based bachtrack.com, a position which has earned him thousands of readers across the globe. A passionate advocate for new music, Mr. Crust has performed numerous world premieres and seeks to promote the work of talented living composers wherever he goes.
For this concert, Mr. Crust will conduct Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor and Sëjournë’s Concerto for Vibraphone and Strings, 1st Movement.