With mounting success in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Jayce Ogren is building a reputation as one of the finest young conductors to emerge from the United States in recent seasons. He has recently been named the new Artistic Director of Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia.
The summer of 2017 brought Jayce return engagements at the Colorado Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and concerts at the Breckenridge Festival. Other re-invitations in the 2017/18 season include the Dallas, Indianapolis, and Edmonton Symphonies, and debuts with the Nashville, Columbus and Asheville Symphonies and with the Louisville Orchestra. Jayce debuts also this season with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for Terence Malick’s The Voyage of Time at the Melbourne Festival (Wordless Music project), and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, leading the orchestra with film in Bernstein’s West Side Story. Repertoire ranges from Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Mozart through several major Sibelius symphonies and works by de Falla, Copland, John Adams; a program of opera arias, and several film scores with orchestra.
With Orchestra 2001 Ogren leads staged performances of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King at the Philly Fringe Festival, Steve Mackey’s Slide, in Princeton at the Sound Kitchen, National Sawdust in Brooklyn and at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia. Jayce and Orchestra 2001 also present the Philadelphia premiere of the complete Yellow Shark by Frank Zappa. Also in Philadelphia he leads the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, a new work that Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang is writing for sounds that only broken instruments can make: some 400 of them found in the Philadelphia school system will be played by Orchestra professionals, Curtis Institute and Temple faculty and students plus school kids — 350 players arranged in teams around the periphery of the 23rd St. Armory – after which the instruments will be repaired and returned to the schools for future use.
In the fall of 2017, Jayce will also be a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, collaborating with stage director Michael Counts on an inter-disciplinary studio class that fuses classical music and immersive theatre.
As an opera conductor, Ogren has led the world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; the US premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna, Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, Rossini’s Mose in Egitto, and more.
Jayce has also established a notable reputation in contemporary music, having led The Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, projects with ICE (International Contemporary ensemble) at Lincoln Center, at the Wien Modern Festival, and at Columbia University’s Miller Theater; and concerts with the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! and BIENNIAL series. He has led all-Stravinsky performances with the New York City Ballet and Basil Twist’s production of The Rite of Spring at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.
He led the European premiere of Bernstein’s re-mastered West Side Story film with live orchestra with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, which he has repeated with the Dallas, Detroit, and Pittsburgh Symphonies and with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Abroad he has led Robert Carsen’s production of My Fair Lady at the Chatelet, and appeared with the BBC Symphony at the Barbican, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the RTE Symphony Orchestra in Ireland, the Asturias Symphony, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in South Africa, and led Le Nozze di Figaro at the Verbier Festival Academy.
A native of Washington State, Ogren received his Bachelor’s Degree in Composition from St. Olaf College and a Master’s Degree in Conducting from the New England Conservatory. With a Fulbright Grant, he completed a postgraduate diploma in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where he studied with the legendary Jorma Panula and spent two summers at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. He was appointed by Franz Welser-Möst as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra and has led the Cleveland Orchestra in regular season subscription concerts and at The Blossom Festival.
As a composer, Ogren’s works have been performed at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, the Brevard Music Center, the American Choral Directors Association Conference and the World Saxophone Congress. His Symphonies of Gaia has been performed by ensembles on three continents and is the title track on a DVD featuring the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra.
Jayce Ogren is an award-winning triathlete, recently completing the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge running the Boston Marathon and the Big Sur Marathon back to back. He also completed the 2014 Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon and one week later finished fourth in his age group in the 2014 New York City Triathlon.
He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York.
“Ogren [drew] a pulsing, sensitive and brilliant account of this stylistically far-ranging score from the orchestra.”
“In many ways the star of this particular ‘show’ ... is the conductor, Jayce Ogren, who got a thoroughly well-deserved standing ovation.”
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