James Fellenbaum > Orchestra Conductor
James Fellenbaum joined the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra during the 2006-2007 season as a Guest Conductor. His title changed to Resident Conductor in 2008. His duties include serving as cover conductor for the KSO’s subscription series, and conducting Outreach, Pops and Young People’s Concerts.
Maestro Fellenbaum has been the Director of Orchestras at the University of Tennessee since the Fall of 2003. In addition to conducting the UT Symphony Orchestra, he conducts the UT Chamber Orchestra (founded in 2004), UT Opera Theater productions, and the UT Contemporary Music Ensemble (founded in 2006).
His extensively diverse background as a conductor has found him collaborating with some of the world’s great artists and orchestras. Maestro Fellenbaum was invited to the 2006 First International Gennady Rozhdestvensky Conductors Competition, where he was a top 5 Finalist out of 112 conductors from 26 countries around the world.
He has conducted orchestras nationally and internationally, including recent guest conducting engagements with the Orange County Symphony, American Youth Philharmonic, the Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, the Chicago ensemble Fulcrum Point New Music Project, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, the Satu-Mare State Philharmonic and Sinfonia Bucharest Orchestra of Romania, and the Russe Philharmonic and Vidin Philharmonic of Bulgaria.
Maestro Fellenbaum has served as an assistant conductor with Opera Omaha, participated as an Academy Conductor in the American Academy of Conducting, during the 2002 Aspen Summer Music Festival, and was part of Pinchas Zuckerman’s Conductors Programme in the summer of 2003. He has also served as an assistant to Cliff Colnot, the Principal Preparatory Conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violoncello performance from James Madison University in Virginia, and holds a double Masters degree in violoncello performance and orchestral conducting from Northwestern University.