Teddy Abrams performs as a conductor, clarinetist, and pianist in addition to composing. The 2011-2012 season marked his first year as Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, and in 2012 Abrams became the Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. From 2008 to 2011, Abrams held the position of Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony. In this position, Abrams served as the Assistant Conductor of the NWS and lead many performances including subscription concerts (sharing the podium with visiting guest conductors), Kids Concerts, and numerous other full and chamber orchestra events. Abrams has conducted the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall, and has worked with many other orchestras around the country. Recent and upcoming engagements include performances with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Britt Festival Orchestra, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus), the Hilton Head Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, and Marin Symphony in addition to return engagements with the Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and the New World Symphony.
An accomplished pianist and clarinetist, Abrams has soloed with numerous orchestras and has performed chamber music with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Time for Three, and John Adams in addition to annual appearances at the Olympic Music Festival. Abrams collaborated (as an arranger and pianist) with Cleveland Orchestra principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa for La Rosa’s debut CD available in October 2010. Abrams co-founded the Sixth Floor Trio because of his dedication to exploring engaging ways to communicate with a diverse range of audiences. The Trio has performed around the country, holding residencies in North Carolina, Philadelphia, New York, and South Florida. In addition, the Trio founded and directs GardenMusic, the music festival of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Miami. Following a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Sixth Floor Trio has served as the resident ensemble for the Random Acts of Culture series nationwide and is developing several projects including a film series about folk music from around the world.
Abrams studied conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas, Otto-Werner Mueller at the Curtis Institute of Music, and with David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival; he was the youngest conducting student ever accepted at both institutions. He studied piano with Paul Hersh at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and clarinet with David Breeden. Abrams is also an award-winning composer and a passionate educator – he has taught at numerous schools nation-wide and was the conductor of all educational activities at the New World Symphony. His 2009 Education Concerts with the NWS (featuring a world premiere of one of Abrams’ orchestral works) were webcast to hundreds of schools throughout South Florida. Abrams performed as a keyboardist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, won the 2007 Aspen Composition Contest, and was the Assistant Conductor of the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 2009. Abrams has held residencies at the La Mortella music festival in Ischia, Italy and at the American Academy in Berlin. He has served as a cover conductor for several orchestras including the St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony beginning in the summer of 2013.