Argentinian-born conductor Alex Amsel is quickly establishing himself as a conductor who is equally at home with orchestral and operatic repertoire, as well as in music education for students of all ages. Amsel has worked as Cover Conductor for Baltimore, Indianapolis, Fort Worth, and New Hampshire Symphonies. For the summer of 2019, he was selected as the Assistant Conductor for the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado where he will lead the orchestra in multiple subscription concerts. Amsel’s recent engagements include Assistant Conductor and Choir Master for the Peabody Conservatory Symphonies and Opera, and Faculty Conductor for the Philadelphia International Music Festival. Summer engagements have seen Amsel as Associate at the Cabrillo Music Festival, Assistant Conductor for the Hot Springs and Miami Festivals, and he has also appeared with the Monteux School Festival Orchestra. He was the winner of the Miami Music Festival Conducting Competition and led the Miami Music Festival Orchestra in concert at the New World Center.
As an educator, Amsel has been on the faculty for the Philadelphia International Music Festival and the Houston Youth Symphony. Additionally, he taught with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Jamaica and Dominican Republic. He served the Baltimore community in several ways through the Creative Leadership and Implementing Social Development programs. Through these, Amsel helped connect the Peabody Conservatory to the greater Baltimore community by helping emerging music programs at low-income schools. He helped students in creating original compositions that reflect their daily lives while discussing the importance of music and how it can supplement a young person’s life through communication, open discussions, and vocal leadership. He has been a featured performer and taught masterclasses through these organizations, as well as having had an active private bassoon studio of over 30 weekly students in Austin and Houston, Texas.
Amsel recently completed his studies under the tutelage of Marin Alsop at the Peabody Conservatory as a Graduate Assistant while working towards his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting. He has worked closely with Larry Rachleff, Cristian Macelaru, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Octavio Mas-Arocas. Additionally, he has appeared in festivals and masterclasses with David Effron, Ludovic Morlot, and Peter Bay. He has conducting experience with Baltimore and Fort Worth Symphonies, Buffalo Philharmonic, as well as the New England Conservatory and Peabody Conservatory orchestras.
Contemporary music is at the forefront in Amsel's musical journey and he has premiered works both as conductor and instrumentalist. He has led recording sessions of world premieres at Peabody Conservatory, Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and the University of Houston. Amsel was selected to participate in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music while closely working with Cristian Macelaru.
As a bassoonist, Amsel has appeared with such orchestras as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and Round Top Festival Orchestra and held positions with the Boston Philharmonic, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival, Austin Lyric Orchestra, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Orchestra of Indian Hill.
When not studying music, Amsel is a hiking, wine, and Golden Retriever aficionado.