Maestro Kraemer Signs 4-Year Contract Renewal
Indianapolis, Indiana January 17, 2023
The Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) proudly announces a four-year contract renewal with Music Director & Principal Conductor, Matthew Kraemer. Maestro Kraemer joined the ICO as Music Director in 2015. Under his baton, the ICO has premiered 19 new works, 7 of which ICO commissioned, collaborated with 12 organizations, developed seven multi-disciplinary concerts, completed a multi-year financial campaign for artistic excellence, and fully embraced an intentional and consistent approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
“Collaborating with our talented musicians, board, and staff these past 8 seasons has personally been immensely enriching and gratifying. I am honored to extend my commitment with ICO, and I look forward to our many exciting initiatives and programs to come.” – Matthew Kraemer
Recognized for his “musical sensitivity” and “energized sense of interpretation”, Matthew Kraemer is quickly making his mark among young American conductors for his inspired performances and versatility. He will complete his 2023 contracts as Music Director of the Butler County Symphony (PA) and Artistic Director of Orchestra Indiana. Past guest conducting schedule includes appearances with many of the nation’s finest orchestras, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, North Carolina, Saint Louis, Spokane, Syracuse, and Toledo symphony orchestras, as well as Canada’s Mississauga Symphony, Niagara Symphony, and Hamilton Philharmonic and in Europe with the Vidin Philharmonic and the Orquesta de Cadaqués.
Kraemer previously served as associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic from 2009 to 2014, where he regularly led the orchestra in each of its concert series. A passionate advocate for new music, he has performed the works of many living composers during his career and has led the American Composers Orchestra’s EarShot readings with several orchestras. The ICO was awarded a Virginia B. Toulmin commission for emerging women composers under his leadership. Kraemer has also served as Music Director of the Erie Chamber Orchestra and associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Recipient of the distinguished Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship and the Bruno Walter Career Development Grant, Kraemer served a residency with the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2006 Salzburg Music Festival. Equally at home in the opera and ballet pit, his operatic credits include fully-staged productions of The Magic Flute, The Barber of Seville, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Happy Birthday Wanda June (world premiere), Trouble in Tahiti, and Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park (American professional premiere), as well as ballet productions with Virginia Ballet Theatre, Ohio Ballet, Dance Kaleidoscope, Neglia Ballet Artists, and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. He has performed with many leading artists, including Lang Lang, Awadagin Pratt, Christopher O’Riley, Norman Krieger, Philippe Quint, Jennifer Koh, Elmar Oliveira, Rachel Barton Pine, David Kim, Gary Karr, Richard Stolzman, Wu Man, Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Ben Folds, Chris Botti, Michael Cavanaugh, Jim Brickman, the Indigo Girls, Il Volo, Wynona Judd, and Natalie Merchant, among others. A frequent collaborator with Broadway superstar Idina Menzel, he served as conductor for many of her symphony engagements nationwide.
An Indiana native, Kraemer studied conducting in Vienna, Austria with Salvador Mas Conde and was twice a fellowship conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. He has additionally participated in the National Arts Center Conductor’s Program in Ottawa, Canada. His conducting teachers include David Zinman, Robert Spano, Stanley DeRusha, and Jorma Panula. Kraemer is a graduate of Butler University and the University of Nevada, where he assisted former Cincinnati Symphony concertmaster Phillip Ruder. An accomplished violinist, he was a member of the Nightingale String Quartet. His principal violin teachers include Phillip Ruder, Herbert Greenberg, and Larry Shapiro. When he is not performing, Kraemer enjoys cooking, running, reading, and spending time with his wife, Megan and their sons Gabriel and Nathaniel.
The ICO is thrilled to celebrate Matthew’s new appointment as the Music Director of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. This appointment is an exciting step for the Maestro’s career and will augment his artistic reputation in the orchestra field. Kraemer will complete his 2023 contracts as Music Director of the Butler County Symphony (PA) and Artistic Director of Orchestra Indiana. ICO patrons and Indianapolis arts-lovers will certainly benefit from Matthew’s development and visibility as a Music Director of both a chamber orchestra and fulltime philharmonic. The ICO is excited to experience continued artistic expansion under Matthew Kraemer’s leadership.