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Benjamin Loeb (Dirigent)

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Benjamin Loeb (* 1966 in Texas) is an American conductor and pianist. The brother of singers Lisa and Debbie Loeb, he studied music at Harvard University until 1989. He continued his education at the Curtis Institute of Music (piano accompaniment) (1992), earned a doctorate from the Juilliard School of Music (1998), and studied conducting with Gustav Meier at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University until 2002

He founded the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra and is the founder and artistic director of the International Conducting Workshop and Festival, which presents seminars for aspiring conductors and the U.S., Mexico and Europe. In 2011, he served as musical director of the New Hampshire Music Festival. That same year, he succeeded Jena Maric as director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. In January 2013, he became Executive Director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Loeb has appeared several times as a guest conductor in China and given master classes there. At the Peabody Conservatory, he conducted the world premiere of John Traill’s In Memory, based on motifs by Anton Bruckner. He arranged 16th century madrigals for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. He toured with his sister Lisa Loeb, accompanying her rock songs with an orchestra. As a piano soloist, he has performed under the direction of conductors Alan Gilbert, JoAnn Falletta, and Carl St. Clair, and he is also active as a piano accompanist. He has recorded with violinists Joseph Lin, Takako Nishizaki, Livia Sohn, and Judy Kang and vocalist Allison Charney, and released a CD of ragtimes by Scott Joplin. He recorded children’s songs and Christmas carols with soprano Katrina Swift in 2010.

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