Bio
SEAN NEWHOUSE, conductor
British-American conductor Sean Newhouse made an acclaimed last-minute debut with the Boston
Symphony in 2011, conducting Mahler’s Ninth Symphony on two hours’ notice in place of James
Levine. No stranger to eleventh-hour substitutions, he also stepped in for Mario Venzago on
short notice to open the Indianapolis Symphony season in 2008, to rave reviews commending his
“expert” conducting and hailing the performances as “electrifying”. Recent seasons have
included his Canadian debut with the Vancouver Symphony, his French debut with the
Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra and Tucson Symphony,
and concerts with the Charleston, Knoxville, and California symphonies. Among other highlights
of past seasons are an additional subscription week with the Boston Symphony and debuts with
the Phoenix Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony, and CityMusic Cleveland, as well as concerts
with the Cleveland Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Silesian Philharmonic, National Repertory
Orchestra, and Aspen Concert Orchestra. He made his opera debut in Los Angeles in 2007 with
Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and recently conducted the world premiere of Patricia Leonard’s
My Dearest Friend, as well as Hänsel und Gretel with Metrowest Opera. He has served on the
music staff of Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Glimmerglass Opera, and
assisted James Levine in performances of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Stravinsky’s Oedipus
Rex. In 2011, he was one of six conductors chosen from across the US to participate in the
League’s Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by the Louisiana Philharmonic. In
2010, he made an acclaimed debut in Germany with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie
Rheinland-Pfalz.

Winner of the Aspen Conducting Prize and major prizes at the Fitelberg and Malko
competitions, as well as a Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S., Mr. Newhouse
began his career by winning the highly coveted position of Music Director of the Young
Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, which has launched conductors from
Michael Tilson Thomas to Myung-Whun Chung to Lawrence Foster. Highlights of his three
seasons with the YMF Debut Orchestra included seven world premieres, a nationally televised
holiday concert, a performance for the President and First Lady of the United States, and a
special invited performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall, for the League of American Orchestras
National Conference. Mr. Newhouse returned with the Debut Orchestra to Disney Hall in 2007
for an acclaimed performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, as part of the LA
Philharmonic’s “Shadow of Stalin” festival.

After a successful three-year tenure with the Debut Orchestra, he then spent two seasons as
Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducting multiple subscription
weeks and concerts on virtually every ISO series. At the conclusion of his tenure with the
Indianapolis Symphony, NUVO wrote: “From his first appearance…Newhouse has impressed us
with his incredible sense of balance throughout a work, his ability to personalize not only
through his body language, but equally through a dimension of musicality and energy one felt
with Leonard Bernstein on the podium.” Of his German debut, Die Rheinpfalz commented:
“Newhouse was completely in his element in this program... [He] animated the energetic
Staatsphilharmonie to play a lively, intense, and stylistically informed performance.” The New
York Times called his performance of Joan Tower’s “Strike Zones”, in Tanglewood’s Festival of
Contemporary Music, “the real dazzler of the festival”, singling out its “vitality and color.”
Mr. Newhouse studied at the Tanglewood Music Center, the American Academy of Conducting at
Aspen, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Eastman School of Music, among others. His
conducting mentors have included James Levine, David Zinman, Carl Topilow, and Neil Varon.
Originally trained as a violinist, his teachers included Devy Erlih at the Alfred Cortot School in
Paris and Joanna Owen at the Eastman School.

Mr. Newhouse can be found on the web at www.seannewhouse.com, on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/seannewhouseconductor, and on Twitter at @Sean_Newhouse.

September 2017

Biography
KMI