Praised by the Baltimore Sun for his “confidence and expressive nuance,” Michael Repper has earned a reputation for his ability to engage and excite audiences across all spectrums. As the Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, which he leads at Carnegie Hall, and the Northern Neck Orchestra of Virginia, he has a dedicated record of building communities committed to the shared spirit of music. With regular guest conductor engagements with the Baltimore Symphony and other orchestras worldwide, Mr. Repper has established himself in the United States and abroad as a strong voice within the symphonic field, and a champion of new and diverse musical talents. Mr. Repper is a recipient of the prestigious 2020 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award.
Alongside the standard repertoire, Mr. Repper is especially invested in programming new music and showcasing fresh talent. Over the last three years, his ensembles have performed over a dozen world premieres and innovative commissions, as well as a variety of Carnegie Hall premieres from established and emerging composers, including a concerto for electric guitar by Natalie Dietterich. He has proudly collaborated with Julia Bullock, Demarre McGill, Fei Fei, and many other established artists, along with young talents, including Harmony Zhu and Sterling Elliott. Prior to his current positions, Mr. Repper was the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Conducting Fellow for two seasons, and he continues to serve as a New Music Consultant to the Baltimore Symphony.
A trusted ear, Mr. Repper is asked to assist and cover at orchestras nationwide, including the St. Louis Symphony, and for Naxos recordings with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. His experience with choruses has been recognized with significant positions, including his tenure as the Music Director at the Baltimore Basilica, the first Catholic Cathedral in the United States. Internationally, Mr. Repper has performed with some of the most highly regarded ensembles and in the world’s greatest venues, including a debut with the São Paulo Symphony in 2016, and at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona in 2019.
Mr. Repper has collaborated on large-scale productions of symphonic and theatrical works with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, Peabody Institute of Music, and the New School of Music, among others. An avid pianist, he regularly performs as a soloist alongside his orchestras and choruses, and as an orchestral player as well. Most recently, he played in the Chicago Symphony for their performances of Bernstein’s Mass, which was broadcast on PBS Great Performances.
As an educator, Mr. Repper has traveled to Europe and South America to work with young ensembles. As Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Maryland, he ushered in a slate of innovative educational programming, such as the Reinecke Youth Chamber Music Scholarship and Fellowship Program, providing $1000 scholarships and performance opportunities for students in the Mid-Atlantic. He conducts several masterclasses each year for orchestras from all over the United States on behalf of the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Repper has been named a Music Director finalist for the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. Catch news of that concert, as well as announcements about his full season of upcoming concerts at Carnegie Hall and worldwide at www.mikerepper.com.