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Julien Benichou

"Julien Benichou is without doubt, one of the most exciting young conductors on the scene today.  He deftly combines his elegant graceful gestures, a wonderful sense of both youthful verve and old world wisdom, with profound sincere musicianship."

Jonathan Carney, Concertmaster Baltimore Symphony Orchestra                   

Conductor Julien Benichou currently serves as Music Director of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Music Director and Co-Founder of the Mobtown Moderne New Music Ensemble.

Previous positions have included Orchestra Director at Towson University and Visiting Conductor at Montclair State University, principal conductor of the Towson New Music Ensemble as well as assistant conductor of the Hopkins Symphony. He also has conducted the Mobtown Modern new music concerts in Baltimore, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Mobtown Modern Synchronicity collaborations, and the New Music Ensemble at Towson University.  

In addition to receiving a graduate performance diploma from Peabody Conservatory, under Gustav Meier, Julien Benichou earned a master's degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University under Victor Yampolsky, and did further graduate studies at Yale University with Lawrence Leighton Smith.  Among the conductors with whom he has participated in master classes are Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Marin Alsop, Michael Tilson Thomas and JoAnn Falletta. 

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As guest conductor, Mr. Benichou has led the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica do Parana in Curitiba, Brazil and the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia. Upcoming engagements include the Siberian State Symphony in Krasnoyarsk, Russia and the Orquesta Sinfonica Verum in Madrid, Spain.