15 17 Oct '24

Amy Andersson

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Function: Conductor/Producer WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member
AMY ANDERSSON Conductor and producer Amy Andersson is founder of Orchestra Moderne NYC, a game-changing orchestra in New York City that made their triumphant debut at Carnegie Hall in 2017, and Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in 2019. Appearances on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS Morning News, CBS Evening News and press coverage in the Wall Street Journal have led music critic Norman Lebrecht to call her “America’s most watched Symphony Orchestra Conductor.” Ms. Andersson is executive producer and director of Women Warriors: The Voices of Change, a 70 minute silent documentary film and live-to-picture symphony production which debuted with Orchestra Moderne NYC at Lincoln Center, New York on September 20th, 2019. This ground-breaking documentary film honors the strength and heroism of global activists fighting for social justice, human and civil rights, LGBTQ rights, indigenous rights, environmental causes, minority rights, gender equality and for the right of every girl to an education. The lives of over sixty-five activists are brought to life, enabling women and girls to see the power and depth of their collective contributions, while bearing witness to women who turned the wheels of justice forward and changed the course of history. Showcased in Women Warriors are the incredible orchestral scores of celebrated composers Nathalie Bonin, Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Isolde Fair, Sharon Farber, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi and Lolita Ritmanis. Described as “THRILLING “GROUNDBREAKING” “POWERFUL” and a “TRIUMPH OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS!” this sold-out debut moved an audience to tears and standing ovations. 2020-2021 Awards for Women Warriors: Shorty Social Good Awards GOLD “Best in Live Events” Chicago Indie Film Awards "Best Composer" LA Independent Women Film Awards "Best Documentary Feature" Toronto International Women Film Festival "Best Human Rights" Berlin Indie Film Festival "Best Original Score" Berlin Indie Film Festival "Best Documentary" Austin International Art Festival "Best Music in a Feature Film" IndieFEST Film Award of Recognition "Women Filmmaker" IndieFEST Film Award of Merit in "Liberation, Social Justice, Protest” 2021 Telly Awards Sliver for documentary “Craft-Use of Music for Non-Broadcast" 2021 Telly Awards Bronze for Documentary “General-Music/Concert for Non-Broadcast” 2021 Telly Awards Bronze for Documentary “General-Cultural for Non-Broadcast” 2021 Telly Awards Bronze for Documentary “General-Education for Non-Broadcast.” In February 2020, Ms. Andersson, composer Lolita Ritmanis and recording engineer Mark Mattson traveled to Riga, Latvia in 2020 to record the Women Warriors soundtrack album with the 75 piece Riga Studio Orchestra and The Riga Cathedral Girls' Choir TIARA. The album was released on February 4th, 2021. Ms. Andersson is executive album producer and conductor and Lolita Ritmanis and Mark Mattson are album producers. Available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Pandora, YouTube and other platforms. Ms. Andersson has toured to over twenty-two countries as a conductor of operatic, symphonic, Broadway musical, and video game repertoire. Known for her commitment to performing the works of living composers, she has led symphony concerts with works of composers Peter Boyer, Lolita Ritmanis, Penka Kouneva, Jessica Curry, Greg Edmonson, Grant Kirkhope, Sharon Farber, Inon Zur, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Steve Jablonsky, Elitsa Alexandrova, Jack Wall, George Strezov, Miriam Cutler, Nathalie Bonin, Chance Thomas, Yoko Shimomura, Borislav Slavov, Greg Pliska, Starr Parodi, Mandy Hoffman, Garry Schyman, Jeremy Soule, Nobou Uematsu, Michiru Yamane, Bear McCreary, and Austin Wintory, among others. She has made appearances with the St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Stockholm Concert Orchestra, Spanish Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Mexico, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Toronto), Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE), Florida Orchestra, Dallas Pops Orchestra, Classic FM Radio Orchestra of Bulgaria, Plastic Acid Orchestra (Vancouver), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Bundes Jugend Orchestra, Niederrheinische Symphoniker, LOH Orchestra Sonderhausen, Berliner Symphoniker, Giessen Philharmonic, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic, Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, Les Musicales du Trophee, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, as well as free-lance orchestras in Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, and Ireland. In season 2015-2017 Ms. Andersson was music director of the world tour of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, and in 2014 toured with the video game show Replay: Symphony of Heroes. Ms. Andersson regularly led opera productions at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, National Theater of Mannheim, Stadttheatre Aachen and Schlosstheater Schwetzingen. Known for her commitment to nurturing the careers of young opera singers, she was music director for three summer seasons at the Junge Oper Schloss Weikersheim in Germany, music director of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and Colorado Light Opera. Ms. Anderson is an inspiring conducting teacher, and has been adjunct professor at the Universitat der Kunste Berlin and Brooklyn College at Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, where has she taught orchestra conducting to media and film scoring students. She has also led conducting workshops in New York and Los Angeles for the Alliance for Women Film Composers and the Society of Lyricists and Composers. In season 2015-2017 Ms. Andersson was music director of the world tour of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, and in 2014 toured with the video game show Replay: Symphony of Heroes. Ms. Andersson began piano studies at an early age. She received her BMA from the University of Michigan, and received a MM in conducting from the Mannes College of Music at the New School in New York. She was awarded a conducting fellowship to the Aspen Music School and her teachers have included Paul Vermel, Murray Sidlin, David Zinman, and the late Yakov Kreizberg and Gustav Meier.

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