Introducing Conductor Finalist Adam Flatt

FlattAdam Flatt, conductor, enjoys a busy and versatile musical presence in three different regions of the United States. In Denver, he serves as Music Director of the Colorado Ballet; in Oregon, Music Director of the Newport Symphony at the Ocean (the Oregon coast’s professional orchestra); and in Alabama the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.

His prominent presence in the musical life of Colorado extends back many years. When Marin Alsop invited him to join the Colorado Symphony as Associate Conductor in 2001, he began a five-year tenure during which he conducted over 250 performances with the orchestra, including classical subscription, parks, outreach, special event performances, and live broadcasts for radio and television. He created and hosted family and educational concerts that reached tens of thousands of children and families in the region. Mr. Flatt also served a highly acclaimed tenure as Music Director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra from 2001-2007 and returned many summers to lead productions with Emerald City Opera, a festival in Steamboat Springs. Adam was also Music Director of the Denver Philharmonic for three years.


Adam is well-known for his inspiring work with music students at the highest level. In recent years he has served on the faculty of Summerfest at the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Rocky Ridge Music Center. He has previously held positions with two of America’s most prominent youth orchestras: the Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and conducted a springtime residency with the Landes-Jugend-Sinfonie-Orchester Saar. He has led performances with many excellent university and conservatory orchestras and has taught at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Denver.


Mr. Flatt’s professional career began as Apprentice Conductor to the Oregon Symphony and Music Director James DePreist.


Adam Flatt has guest conducted dozens of symphony orchestras, opera, and ballet companies all over the United States, including the major orchestras of Houston, Saint Louis, and Dallas. In 2019, in addition to the Greeley Philharmonic, he debuts with the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra at the Vail Dance Festival.


Adam Flatt has his bachelor’s degree with honors in music from the University of California at Berkeley, and his master’s degree in conducting from the Indiana University School of Music. He studied music for two years in Austria and Germany, and was a fellowship conducting student at the Aspen Music Festival.


Adam Flatt lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and two young children.

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