Matthew Kraemer, Associate Conductor
Recognized for his
“musical sensitivity” and “energized sense of interpretation”, conductor
Matthew Kraemer is quickly gaining notice for his inspired performances and
innovative programming. He currently
holds the Montante Family endowed Associate Conductor’s Chair with the Buffalo
Philharmonic Orchestra, where he appears on each of the orchestra’s major
series, including subscription weeks, Pops,Family, and summer
concerts. He plays a vital role in designing and conducting the BPO’s
award-winning education and community engagement programs, as well as assisting
Music Director JoAnn Falletta during recording sessions and on tour. Mr. Kraemer has recently been appointed Music
Director and Conductor of both the Butler County Symphony Orchestra and the
Erie Chamber Orchestra, beginning with the 2012-13 concert season. Upcoming season highlights include
performances with Bela Fleck, Enrique Graf, Wynona Judd, Natalie Merchant, the
Indigo Girls and Idina Menzel. His
future guest conducting engagements include the Elgin Symphony, Tallahassee
Symphony, Hamilton (ON) Philharmonic, Symphony Syracuse, and return appearances
with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
Recipient of the distinguished Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship and the Bruno Walter Career Development Grant, Mr. Kraemer served a residency with the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2006 Salzburg Music Festival. His numerous guest conducting appearances have included engagements with the symphony orchestras of Akron, Asheville, Atlanta, Baltimore, Columbus, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Mississauga (ON), Nashville, North Carolina, St. Louis, and Virginia, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Erie and Reno Chamber Orchestras, and in Europe with the Vidin Philharmonic and the Orquesta de Cadaqués. Equally at home in the ballet pit, he has led fully-staged productions with Virginia Ballet Theatre, Ohio Ballet, Neglia Ballet Artists, and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. He has served as conductor for Broadway superstar Idina Menzel’s numerous symphony engagements nationwide and he has also collaborated with many other leading artists, including Awadagin Pratt, Mark O’Connor, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Philippe Quint, Jennifer Koh, Ben Folds, Chris Botti, and Richard Stolzman.
Prior to his appointment in Buffalo, Mr. Kraemer completed a highly successful three-year tenure as associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, where he led the orchestra in more than 200 performances throughout the state.
Mr. Kraemer is a
passionate advocate for new music and has performed the works of many living
composers during his career. He has led
composer readings and workshops with several orchestras in the United States
and will continue to lead the BPO’s Earshot
partnership with the American Composers Orchestra’s in Buffalo this
season. Also increasingly recognized for
his committed advocacy of music education and his devotion to young audiences,
he has created numerous arts education programs and has taught at music
festivals both in the US and abroad. The
Buffalo Philharmonic’s extensive education concerts have grown under his
leadership, reaching more than 40,000 students throughout Western New York.
An Indiana native, Mr. Kraemer studied conducting in Vienna, Austria with Salvador Mas Conde and was twice a fellowship conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. He has also participated in the National Arts Center Conductor’s Program in Ottawa, Canada. His conducting teachers include David Zinman, Robert Spano, Stanley DeRusha, and Jorma Panula. Mr. Kraemer is a graduate of Butler University and the University of Nevada, Reno, where he assisted former Cincinnati Symphony concertmaster Phillip Ruder. An accomplished violinist, he was a member of the Nightingale String Quartet. Fluent in German and French, his principal violin teachers include Phillip Ruder, Herbert Greenberg, and Larry Shapiro. When he is not performing, Mr. Kraemer enjoys cooking, running, and reading. He and his wife Megan reside in Buffalo.
For more information on Mr. Kraemer, visit his website at www.matthewkraemer.com
Paul Ferington, staff conductor
Paul Ferington, hailed as a “distinguished local Guest Conductor” by the Buffalo News, is in his 27th year as a member of the Conducting staff of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. During this time, he has conducted the Philharmonic in over 435 concerts at 65 varied locations around Western New York, Northern Pennsylvania, Southern Ontario, and at Kleinhans Music Hall.
A graduate in Orchestral Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, he was a conducting student of Max Rudolph, Robert Shaw, Erich Kunzel, and Thomas Schippers. He has been a guest conductor and recital accompanist nationally and internationally, and has served as coach/accompanist for opera legends as Kathleen Battle, Barbara Daniels, and Tom Fox, as well as pianist for conductors Yehudi Menuhin, Erich Kunzel, Robert Shaw, Julius Rudel, James Levine, and Cincinnati May Festival Chorus.
Over the years Maestro Ferington has led the Philharmonic’s major Educational and Family outreach programs, Pops Concerts and regional concerts. He has served as Interim Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and as a two-term member of the Boards of Trustees of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus.
Maestro Ferington also completed a distinguished career as a college professor and administrator, receiving not only the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, but also the OperaBuffs of Western New York Educator of the Year Award. For the 2005-2006 Orchestra season Maestro Ferington inaugurated the Philharmonic’s highly successful concert preview lectures for adults, now known as BPOvation Lectures, partnered with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. In addition to his BPO conducting and lecturing responsibilities, Maestro Ferington is an adjunct Music Faculty member in the Music Department at Buffalo State College teaching his on-line course Music & Political Action, as well as serving as Conductor/Music Director for the new college/community Buffalo State College Philharmonia Orchestra. Maestro Ferington also serves as a presenter & facilitator for the Druminar - Team Building Experience headed by the BPO’s principal percussionist Mark Hodges.
In April 2010, in recognition of his 25 years of service to the BPO, he was honored by the Musicians of the BPO with a newly commissioned work, Christopher Rogerson’s Luminosity, debuted at the annual Donor Concert with JoAnn Falletta conducting. The same week, he was honored by the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus who presented him with the Jessamine E. Long Award for outstanding contributions to the Chorus. Earlier in that year he was honored by the Board of the Buffalo Philharmonic Society with a 25th Anniversary Artistic Leadership Award and in November 2011 he received the distinguished Friend of the Arts Award from the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.