Abrams studied conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas and Otto-Werner Mueller at the Curtis Institute of Music and with David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival. He was the youngest conducting student ever accepted at both institutes. Abrams is also an award-winning composer and a passionate educator – he has taught at numerous schools nationwide and is the conductor of all educational activities at the New World Symphony. His 2009 Education Concerts with the NWS (featuring a world premiere of one of Abrams’ orchestral works) were webcast to hundreds of schools throughout South Florida. Abrams has held residencies at the La Mortella music festival in Ischia, Italy and at the American Academy in Berlin. He has served as a cover conductor for several orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and he was the Assistant Conductor of the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 2009.
The season 2011/12 marks his first year as Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest. From 2008 to 2011 Abrams held the position of Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony. In this position, Abrams served as the Assistant Conductor of the NWS and lead many performances including subscription concerts (sharing the podium with visiting guest conductors), kids concerts, and numerous other full and chamber orchestra events. Abrams has conducted the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Washington D.C. and Carnegie Hall, and has worked with many other orchestras around the country. He recently made debuts with the Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, and the Marin Symphony. This season’s engagements include debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the MAV Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus) and the Hilton Head Symphony in addition to return engagements with the Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and the New World Symphony.
Besides his main activity as conductor, Teddy Abrams performs as a clarinetist and pianist in addition to composing. He played as a pianist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and won the 2007 Aspen Composition Contest. As an accomplished pianist and clarinetist, Abrams has soloed with numerous orchestras and has performed chamber music with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Time for Three, and John Adams in addition to annual appearances at the Olympic Music Festival. Abrams is co-founder of the Sixth Floor Trio because of his dedication to exploring ways to communicate with a diverse range of audiences. The Trio has performed around the country, holding residencies in North Carolina, Philadelphia, New York, and South Florida. Abrams collaborated as an arranger and pianist with Cleveland Orchestra principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa for La Rosa’s debut CD available in October 2010.
In season 2012/13, after a highly successful year, he will continue his work with the MAV Symphony Orchestra as conductor. They are starting a tour of several concerts in Hungary and abroad alike and they will release a new recording as well.
Management in North America:
Opus 3 Artists, New York – www.opus3artists.com