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American conductor Kyle Dickson is quickly building a reputation as an inspiring and compelling presence on the podium. Recipient of the 2021 Grant Park Music Festival Advocate for Arts Award and the Concert Artists Guild's (CAG) Robert S. Weinart Award, Dickson is a Salonen Conducting Fellow with the San Francisco Symphony and the Colburn School under the guidance of Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen.
From 2021-22, Dickson was Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, previously serving as Music Director of the South Loop Symphony. He’s been engaged as guest conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, the Oakland Symphony, and this season makes debuts with the Wichita, San Francisco, and National Symphony Orchestras. As cover conductor, Dickson has worked with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and the San Diego Symphony as well as serving as Assistant Conductor for concerts with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Orchestra de Paris, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Dickson was selected as a Conducting Fellow at the 2021 National Orchestral Institute’s Conducting Academy directed by Marin Alsop, where he led the world premiere of Tyler Taylor’s Just Dreams. He gave the Chicago premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s Soul Force as a Paul Freeman Conducting Fellow under the mentorship of Maestra Mei-Ann Chen.
Passionate about music education, Dickson has worked regularly with many youth ensembles including the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) Ensembles, ICYOLA, Ravinia’s El Sistema program, the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, and the Colburn School’s Academy Virtuosi and Youth Orchestra. He served as Assistant Conductor for Carnegie Hall’s 2022 NYO USA/NYO2 Tour and this season he will appear as guest conductor at the 2022 ILMEA District 7 Senior Orchestra Festival. Through his work with Chicago Sinfonietta's Project Inclusion Ensemble and string quartet D-Composed, Dickson has given numerous masterclasses, presentations and webinars for arts programs including the National Symphony Orchestra's 2021 Summer Music Institute, the Naperville School of the Arts, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Dickson also served as Conductor of the South Side Chicago Youth Symphony and the Chicago West Community Music School Orchestra.
Trained as a violinist, Dickson was a prizewinner at the 2010 NANM National Concerto Competition and began his career as an orchestral, solo, and chamber musician. He was named 2017 Hyde Park Youth Symphony Artist-In-Residence and has performed with the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Quad City Symphony, and the Chicago Sinfonietta among. He appeared regularly as concertmaster of the Chicago Composers Orchestra and was an avid chamber musician, collaborating with Chicago based ensembles including Fifth Wave Ensemble, Crossing Borders Music, and the conductor-less chamber orchestra Unsupervised. Additionally, his playing can be heard on albums by recording artists such as John Legend, Chance the Rapper, and Jessie J as a member of the Matt Jones/Recollective Orchestra. He’s held residencies at Indiana University-South Bend, the United World College of South East Asia and served on the violin and chamber music faculty at the New Music School (Chicago). Dickson earned his MM in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Victor Yampolsky. He received degrees in violin performance from Michigan State University (BM) and DePaul University (MM). His principal violin teachers included Walter Verdehr, Laura Roelofs, and Olga Kaler.
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