Conductor, composer, writer, and educator Michael Adelson conducted his first major American orchestra in 1992 when he led the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has conducted many orchestras and opera companies including the New York and Helsinki Philharmonic orchestras, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and the Stockholm Folkopera. Deeply committed to modern music, Mr. Adelson was conductor of the Auros Group for New Music, and frequently guest conducts other major new-music ensembles. He has led world premieres on three continents (including at the Venice Biennale), and his own works have been performed worldwide. As an educator, Mr. Adelson teaches conducting, has led the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts, and is in demand internationally as a conductor and clinician. He teaches at the Mannes College of Music, regularly guest conducts at the Cleveland Institute of Music, taught chamber music at Helsinki University and master classes at the Accademia di Musica in Sassari, and has conducted at Harvard, Columbia, and Brandeis universities. He also lectures widely on diverse subjects such as mathematics and music, great historical cities as centers of culture, and modern art. Currently he is writing a book for non-musicians on the art of conducting.