Having renewed his contract for another five years, Andrew Sewell begins his fourteenth season this summer as Music Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. During his tenure he has raised the orchestra to new artistic heights and continues to expand the repertoire garnering rave reviews and plaudits for his adventuresome programming, vitality and energy. His previous appointments include Music Director with the Wichita Symphony from 2000 - 2010, and resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony from 1995 – 2000. He has regular guest conducting engagements in Hong Kong and across the US.
Maestro Sewell is in demand as a conductor having led the Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee, Columbus, Syracuse, and Monterey Symphony Orchestras, as well as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, National Symphony of Mexico, Kyushu Symphony (Japan), and City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.
A native of New Zealand, Maestro Sewell received his music training on the violin, piano and cornet, and began conducting at age 16. Six years later, he made his professional opera debut with the Mercury Opera and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He was then awarded the Australian Guarantee Corporation’s Young Achiever’s Award allowing him to further his studies abroad. Sewell holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan. His previous appointments include Music Director and Conductor of the Wichita Symphony (Kansas), Mansfield Symphony (Ohio), Resident Conductor of the Toledo Symphony and Assistant Conductor of the Memphis Symphony.
Guest conducting engagements last season included the Detroit Symphony, Portland-Columbia Symphony, Hong Kong City Opera and UW Madison Opera. In prior seasons, he has guest conducted the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Salem Chamber Orchestra, OK Mozart Festival, Peninsula Music Festival, Wisconsin and Masterworks Festival, Indiana. In June 2012 he made his opera debut with Hong Kong City Opera in Lehar’s The Merry Widow. Most recently he was honored with the 2013 Rabin Arts Youth Award for Individual Achievement by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, for his services to youth and education. He and his wife, Mary, reside in Madison with their son Alistair, the last of three children still in high school.