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Michael Lewanski

Chicago, IL         

Conductor, educator, and writer Michael Lewanski is a champion of new and old music. His work seeks to create engaged connections between audiences, musicians, and the music that is part of their culture. Based in Chicago, he is conductor of Ensemble Dal Niente and Associate Professor at the DePaul University School of Music. Recent guest-conducting has included work with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW Series, the National Symphony Orchestra of Turkmenistan, Ensamble CEPROMUSIC (Mexico City), and Mocrep.  He was resident conductor of the SoundSCAPE Festival in Italy in 2017 and 2019.  He is Curatorial Director of Ear Taxi 2021, a festival of 21st century Chicago music.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, he studied piano and violin in his youth; he made his conducting debut at age 13, leading his own composition.  At 16, he was the youngest-ever student in the legendary Ilya Musin’s class at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.  He attended Yale University; he subsequently studied with Cliff Colnot and Lucas Vis.

NewMusicBox Articles

NewMusicBox October 4 2016 | By Michael Lewanski
Chicago New Music as assemblage; or, why are we doing this?

Chicago is a particularly concentrated expression of confluences in current culture, and the evidence of this is both the explosive energy of the city’s new music community in recent years...