Jayce Ogren, conductor


Jayce Ogren, conductor
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"Ogren [drew] a pulsing, sensitive and brilliant account of this stylistically far-ranging score from the orchestra."
~ The New York Times

"In many ways the star of this particular 'show' ... is the conductor, Jayce Ogren, who got a thoroughly well-deserved standing ovation"
~ The Mail Online

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.  His diverse 2013/14 season included a concert featuring works by Rufus Wainwright and others, sung by Wainwright and soprano Melody Moore with the Toronto Symphony; a month-long run of Robert Carsen's production of My Fair Lady at the Chatelet in Paris; and a program of Gershwin, John Adams and the Sibelius Symphony No. 2 with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. In the spring of this year, he conducted concerts (Sibelius/Mozart/Brahms) with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in South Africa and a semi-staged production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ogren finished the season leading two concerts with the New York Philharmonic during the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

During the summer of 2014 Ogren led the film version of Bernstein's West Side Story with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In the fall he conducts Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra with Emanuel Ax and appears at Lincoln Center's White Light Festival leading the Orchestra of St. Luke's in an all-Stravinsky program with puppetry by Basil Twist. Ogren returns to London to conduct the BBC recording of Rufus Wainwright's opera, Prima Donna, and to New York Philharmonic's CONTACT! series in a program curated by John Adams.  

During recent seasons Jayce Ogren has led new productions of Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw and Rossini's Mosè in Egitto for the New York City Opera, where he was Music Director. He conducted the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in programs at Columbia University's Miller Theatre, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, and at the Wien Modern Festival; and all-Stravinsky programs with the New York City Ballet.  He debuted with the New York Philharmonic on the CONTACT! Series conducting premieres of New York Philharmonic commissions, and led performances of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Verbier Festival Academy. In Europe he premiered the film version of Bernstein's West Side Story with live orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, an event he repeated with the Detroit Symphony and with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Returning to London he conducted the BBC Symphony at the Barbican in the world premiere of Nico Muhly's Outrage and European premieres of works by David Lang and Paola Prestini.

A native of Washington State, Ogren received his Bachelor's Degree in Composition from St. Olaf College in 2001 and his Master's Degree in Conducting from the New England Conservatory in 2003. 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-Most 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.

He has been guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New World Symphony and the Grand Rapids Symphony. Ogren stepped in for James Levine to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a challenging program that included the world premiere of Peter Lieberson's song cycle Songs of Love and Sorrow with Gerald Finley.  Earlier, with the New York City Opera, he conducted the American premiere of Rufus Wainwright's opera Prima Donna, Mozart's The Magic Flute and Bernstein's A Quiet Place for which he won extensive critical acclaim.  He made his Canadian Opera debut in Stravinsky's The Nightingale & Other Short Fables. European guest engagements have included the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, and repeat appearances with the Asturias Symphony, regional opera companies and orchestras throughout Scandinavia.

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.

Ogren is an award-winning triathlete, most recently completing the 2014 Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon and one week later finishing in fourth in his age group in the 2014 New York City Triathlon.

He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York.

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