Elias Peter Brown
Los Angeles-born conductor Elias Peter Brown began his studies of conducting at age 17 in St. Petersburg, Russia. After graduating with honors from Yale University and the Royal Academy of Music, he became assistant conductor of the Korean National Symphony Orchestra, having won first prize and the orchestra award at the KNSO International Conducting Competition. He also recently was a participant in the 2021 Khachaturian International Conducting Competition, receiving Third Prize, and took Second Prize in the inaugural Lake Como Conducting Competition.
Brown has led the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Potsdam Kammerakademie, Ensemble MusikFabrik, Zafraan Ensemble, Divertimento Ensemble, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, and St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, among others. As an assistant, he has prepared orchestras for Oliver Knussen, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardiner, Jac van Steen, and Andreas Stoehr. Fiercely passionate about arts education, Elias has been a teaching artist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, worked as a guest conductor at the Junior Royal Academy of Music (London), and as a mentor for the art and community-building project ‘Gakko’ in Japan and France. Also an accomplished trumpet player, Elias has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, and as principal trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA at Royal Albert Hall, The Kennedy Center, Mariinsky Theatre, and Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), under the direction of Valery Gergiev.
He is currently completing Advanced Professional Training at Universität der Künste Berlin, studying with Steven Sloane and Harry Curtis. Previously, his principal teachers have been Sian Edwards and Daniel Boico, and he has appeared in masterclasses with David Zinman, Marin Alsop, Mark Stringer, Robert Treviño, Martyn Brabbins, and Alexander Polishchuk. Brown has also received mentorship from Esa-Pekka Salonen, Du Yun, and Gerard McBurney.