Assistant Conductor, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
Benjamin Vickers is the recently-appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic for its 2016/2017 season. Mr. Vickers is Music Director of the Narragansett Bay Symphony in Rhode Island and the Lincoln-Sudbury Civic Orchestra in Massachusetts. He is also Associate Conductor at the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra in New Hampshire, where from 2011 to 2014 he led highly acclaimed holiday concerts, as well as conducted the PSO’s 2012 Carnegie Hall debut. Previously, he was Assistant Conductor at the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and the Zander Conducting Fellow at the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. He was assistant conductor for the premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s opera Crossing at the American Repertory Theater in 2015, and in the summer of 2015 conducted the premiere of the orchestrated version of Matti Kovler’s opera for children Ami & Tami with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Vickers and the cast recorded Ami & Tami in March 2016.
Benjamin Vickers was born and grew up in New Mexico. He attended the University of New Mexico and Arizona State University, earning degrees in cello performance. He studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Boston, Vickers was a cellist in the El Paso Symphony Orchestra as well as Staff Conductor for the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras. He has participated in several prominent conducting masterclasses taught by eminent conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Gustav Meier, Jorge Mester, Larry Rachleff, and Benjamin Zander. Mr. Vickers was appointed Music Director of the Narragansett Bay Symphony in June 2014 after a year-long national search. In February 2015, he became music director of the Lincoln-Sudbury Civic Orchestra.