A graduate of New York's prestigious Juilliard School, BRAD KEIMACH studied at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein, and holds an MFA Degree from the Purchase Conservatory of SUNY. He has served as Music Director of the Westfield Symphony, the Metropolitan Orchestra, the Musica Viva Chamber Symphony, the West Orange Collegiate Orchestra, and was Associate Conductor of the Cathedral Symphony. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Shreveport Opera, the Cosmopolitan Orchestra in New York's Town Hall, the Long Island Symphony, the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, the Kean Chamber Symphony, the Music Project, the Merrick Symphony, and the Eglevsky Ballet Company.
BRAD KEIMACH made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1986 leading the Westfield Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance of FIDELIO that the New York Times declared was "marked by an organic continuum that was quite exciting." He and the WSO returned to Carnegie Hall in 1987 with a program featuring the Mahler Fourth Symphony. He also led that ensemble in critically acclaimed performances of TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, OTELLO, LA TRAVIATA, AIDA, RIGOLETTO, TOSCA, LA BOHEME, DON GIOVANNI, ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, and a new concert version of Bernstein's ON THE TOWN attended by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, as well as the Resurrection Symphony of Mahler, a concert of music from Gershwin's PORGY AND BESS, and an All-American concert featuring pianist Earl Wild playing the Gershwin Concerto in F. He also led an acclaimed series of NUTCRACKER performances at the SUNY Performing Arts Center in 1996.
As a director, Brad Keimach staged productions of Moliere/Strauss's "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme," and Stravinsky's "Soldier's Tale," as well as "The Orchestra That Lost the Beat," a theater/concert work for children.
As an educator, Mr. Keimach gave pre-concert lectures before every performance during his thirteen year tenure with the WSO, engaging and encouraging listeners as he highlighted the personal side of musical creation and performance, bringing new audiences into the heart of live symphonic concerts. He served for four years as a Teaching Artist for the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, training teachers and their students in developing perceptual skills in the arts. He has also served on the faculties of Kean College and Purchase Conservatory of SUNY, and has maintained a private studio for advanced conducting students since 1980. He has served on the faculties of California State University at Northridge, and Antioch University.
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Mr. Keimach is available for symphonic, operatic, and pops concerts. Contact him for availability and details.
Email Brad at bradkeimach.com or phone him at 310.826.6958