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Jayce Ogren


Jayce Ogren by Roger Mastroianni

Jayce Ogren is rapidly developing a reputation as one of the finest young conductors to emerge from the United States, and is equally at home in symphonic and operatic repertoire. In recent seasons he has conducted The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the Grand Rapids Symphony. Mr. Ogren made his New York debut in two programs with the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Miller Theater. In addition, he stepped into a last-minute cancellation for James Levine, conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a program that included baritone Gerard Finley singing in the world premiere of Peter Lieberson's song-cycle Songs of Love and Sorrow. European guest engagements have included the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony, Asturias Symphony, SAMI Sinfonietta, Swedish National Orchestra Academy, Stockholm's Opera Vox, Finland's Vaasa City Orchestra, and the orchestras of Gävle, Helsingborg, and Norrköping.

On the opera stage Mr. Ogren made his Canadian Opera Company debut with Stravinsky's The Nightingale & Other Short Fables. His New York City Opera appearances included a critically acclaimed new production of Bernstein's A Quiet Place, and he is schedule to conduct Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna. His orchestra debuts in the 2011–12 season include the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Napa Valley Symphony, and Berkeley Symphony.

Mr. Ogren finished his tenure as assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and as music director of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra in 2009, having been appointed by Franz Welser-Möst. In 2009 he made his subscription debut with The Cleveland Orchestra. He previously served as a conducting apprentice with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, working with then chief conductor Alan Gilbert.

A native of Hoquiam, Washington, Jayce Ogren received a bachelor's degree in composition from St. Olaf College in 2001 and a master's degree in conducting from the New England Conservatory in 2003. He completed a postgraduate diploma in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.He is also a published composer whose music has been premiered at venues including the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, Brevard Music Center, Chicago's Midwest Clinic, American Choral Directors Association Conference, and World Saxophone Congress. He is the founder of Young Kreisler, a band performing his own work as well as music ranging from Mahler to Piazzolla to Kurt Cobain.