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Alexander Mickelthwate

  • Conductor


Alexander Mickelthwate: Recognized as one of the most exciting young conductors of his generation, Alexander Mickelthwate begins his fifth season as Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) in 2010-11. Praised for his “splendid, richly idiomatic readings” (LA Weekly), “fearless” approach and “first-rate technique” (Los Angeles Times), the German-born conductor has attracted attention for his charismatic presence on the podium and command of a wide range of musical styles. Mr. Mickelthwate’s artistic leadership has played a prominent role in generating increased ticket sales, individual donations and sponsorships at the WSO as well as raising the ensemble’s profile through active community engagement and innovative programming initiatives like the New Music Festival, in which he conducted Messiaen’s Turangalila symphonie to critical acclaim during the 08-09 season.