Russell Ger is a young Australian conductor based in New York. His repertoire spans orchestral, operatic, and choral music, which he has conducted across North America and his home country.
Mr. Ger was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Brian Stacey Memorial Trust Award for Emerging Australian Conductors. This is one of the highest accolades a young conductor can receive. It resulted in his candidacy for the position of Assistant Conductor with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as well as to an invitation to conduct the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in a special showcase later this year.
In 2013, Mr. Ger was selected as one of four Finalists from around the world for the prestigious 2nd International Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship. The audition took place before a panel of experts headed by the great mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, and Chicago Symphony music director Riccardo Muti.
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 full-houses at the Boca Raton Arts Festival, Boston Celebrity Series at Symphony Hall, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Long Island, and Toronto. A PBS Special went to air and was nationally televised in late 2014.
One of the highlights of Mr. Ger’s early career came in 2003 when he conducted the Finale from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Sydney Opera House. On this occasion, he led a massed community chorus along with Sydney Symphony and Australian Opera-Ballet Orchestra members. The next year he repeated the performance at the Sydney Convention Center for an audience exceeding 3,000.
Mr. Ger was recently married to a wonderful Australian woman whom he met in NYC, where they both reside.