“…polished conductor… whose expressive, inviting gestures clearly inspired the players.”
Louis Lohraseb,who recently made his professional debut at the Teatro Dell'Opera di Roma, is rapidly becoming one of the most promising young conductors of his generation. He is currently a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist at LA Opera, where he is assistant to Maestro James Conlon. He makes his LA opera mainstage debut next year conducting Roberto Devereux, as well as conducting the performances of Psycho for LA Opera’s Off-Grand Series. This summer he will be conducting both Don Giovanni and a gala concert in Tel Aviv for IVAI.
His recent performances of both opera and symphonic work have garnered praise from Opera News, the Wall Street Journal, and the Berkshire Review. He is a student of the late Lorin Maazel and of James Conlon, whom he previously assisted at the 2014 Ravinia Festival in the productions of Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro. For the summer of 2018, he was an assistant conductor at the Glimmerglass Festival for Il Barbiere di Siviglia and West Side Story. He also was selected as the 2016 Conducting Fellow at the Chautauqua Music Festival, where he conducted and assisted in both operatic and symphonic literature.
Lohraseb is a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Arthur Fagen, Kevin Murphy, and David Effron, and served as assistant conductor and opera coach for the IU Opera Theater. As the 2013 Conducting Fellow at the Yale School of Music, Lohraseb studied under Shinik Hahm, and served as assistant conductor to the Yale Philharmonia under such musicians as Peter Oudjian, John Adams, and Krzysztof Penderecki. During his time at Yale, he founded the Amadeus Orchestra, served as music director of the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra, and was a conducting fellow at the Castleton Festival in Virginia in 2014. Other notable mentors in conducting, piano, composition and musicology include Robert Levin, William Carragan, Findlay Cockrell and James Walker.
Louis received his MM in Conducting from Yale University in 2015, and was graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Geneseo in 2013, where he was an Edgar Fellows honors student and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.