The 2016–17 season marks Courtney Lewis’s second as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony. Previous appointments have included Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic (2014–16); associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011–12 season; and Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he debuted in 2011. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Lewis was the music director of Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated not only to giving concerts of contemporary and established repertoire at the highest level of musical and technical excellence, but also bringing live music into the least privileged parts of Boston with workshops in local schools.
In the 2016–17 season he makes his debuts with the Dallas Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and returns to the Colorado Symphony. Highlights of his 2015–16 season included debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and Colorado Symphony, as well as assisting Thomas Adès at the Salzburg Festival for the World Premiere of Mr. Adès’s opera The Exterminating Angel.
Courtney Lewis made his major American orchestral debut in November 2008 with the St. Louis Symphony, and has since appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, and the Atlanta, National, Detroit, Vancouver, and Houston symphony orchestras.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Courtney Lewis studied music at the University of Cambridge, during which time he studied composition with Robin Holloway and clarinet with Dame Thea King. After completing a master’s degree with a focus on the late music of György Ligeti, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music, where his teachers included Mark Elder and Clark Rundell.