Russell Ger is a young Australian conductor based in New York.
Winner of the prestigious Brian Stacey Memorial Trust Award for Emerging Australian Conductors in 2014, Mr. Ger has a broad repertoire that spans orchestral, operatic, and choral music, which he has conducted across North America and his home country.
In September of 2016, Mr. Ger began his tenure as Music Director of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra in the Hudson Valley. Here he conducts six subscription concerts each season, in addition to Family and Pops concerts. He has successfully elevated the artistry and dramatically increased community engagement, resulting in consistent near-capacity audiences.
Mr. Ger has toured North America with renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, promoting a recording for Sony of Jewish art-music made in 2012. Performances took place at the Hollywood Bowl with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic before an audience of 10,000, and at the Barclays Center arena in New York for an audience of 6,000. The tour also drew capacity houses at the Boca Raton Arts Festival, Boston Celebrity Series at Symphony Hall, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Long Island, and Toronto. A PBS Special aired in 2014.
For his post-graduate study, Mr. Ger received a scholarship to pursue a Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting at The Boston Conservatory. He graduated top of his class in 2010. In 2013, Mr. Ger was one of four Finalists from around the world for the prestigious 2nd International Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship.
As a proud alumnus of Symphony Australia, the leading conductor-training program in the country, Mr. Ger had the opportunity to work with Australia’s top orchestras. Weeklong residencies were maintained several times a year with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Mr. Ger is committed to nurturing the next generation of musicians. As a conductor for the Norwalk Youth Symphony in Connecticut, he works with young people on a weekly basis. He additionally serves as Music Director of the Park East Synagogue in New York City, where he works with the most highly esteemed living Cantor, Yitzchak Meir Helfgot. Mr. Ger is married to Kirsten Hicks, a wonderful Australian woman whom he met in NYC where they both reside with their new baby boy, Caleb Reyn Ger.