Meet Your Conductors

Since 2016, the Binghamton Philharmonic has searched nationwide for our next Music Director. With the help and hard work of area musicians, volunteers, and members of our Board of Directors, we have reviewed over 150 candidates, held dozens of interviews, and can now gladly reveal to you these four finalists. Each finalist epitomizes the very best of a modern conductor, and will add to our orchestra’s diverse palette while upholding the highest standard of artistic excellence. Whoever becomes our new Maestro will not only build upon the Philharmonic’s rich legacy, but will instill a sense of pride and purpose in our community. So please join us in welcoming your conductors for the 2017-2018 Season.


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.  Mr. Kraemer currently serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and as Music Director of the Butler County Symphony. He recently completed five seasons as Music Director of the Erie Chamber Orchestra.  His active guest conducting schedule has included appearances with the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, North Carolina, Saint Louis, Spokane, and Syracuse symphony orchestras; as well as return engagements with the Rochester Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, and West Michigan Symphony.  He has also performed internationally, with Canada’s Mississauga Symphony and Hamilton Philharmonic, and in Europe with the Vidin Philharmonic and Orquesta de Cadaqués.  Mr. Kraemer served as associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic from 2009 to 2014, and as associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2010.
Increasingly recognized for his committed advocacy of music education, he has created numerous arts education programs reaching over 40,000 students throughout western New York, and has taught at music festivals both in the U.S. and abroad. 

His performances have been broadcast regularly on NPR’s Performance Today.

Recipient of the distinguished Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship and the Bruno Walter Career Development Grant, Mr. 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 Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park (American professional premiere), as well as ballet productions with Virginia Ballet Theatre, Ohio Ballet, First Coast Nutcracker, Neglia Ballet Artists, and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. 

He has collaborated with many leading artists, including Lang Lang, Philippe Quint, Jennifer Koh, Elmar Oliveira, Rachel Barton Pine, David Kim, Awadagin Pratt, Richard Stolzman, Wu Man, Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Ben Folds, Chris Botti, Jim Brickman, the Indigo Girls, Il Volo, Wynona Judd, and Natalie Merchant, among others.  As a frequent collaborator with Broadway superstar Idina Menzel, he has served as conductor for many of her numerous symphony engagements nationwide.

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Chris Younghoon Kim

Conductor Chris Younghoon Kim has a broad repertoire in instrumental and choral works and is particularly active in promoting new music. He holds a Bachelor of Music in music education and oboe performance from Northwestern University, a Master of Music in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan, and has also studied composition. He has continued his conducting studies in master classes with Neeme Jarvi, Jorma Panula, Martyn Brabbins, Gunther Schuller, Gerhard Markson, Johannes Schlaefli, and Kenneth Kiesler. Kim serves as Artistic Director of Brave New Works, a vibrant ensemble of ten musicians dedicated to performing new compositions.  He has also been active as a conductor and concert-organizer with the Boston-based Firebird Ensemble. Before coming to Cornell University in 2004, he taught at Tufts University, served as resident conductor of the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard University, and was assistant conductor for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

At Cornell, Chris Kim conducts the Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, and teaches conducting. He works closely with the students in Cornell’s D.M.A. program in composition, assisting them in presenting their new works in concert. The Cornell Orchestras has received the ASCAP adventurous programming award in 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

"When you have an orchestra full of engineers, biologists and every discipline of study from all twelve colleges across the University, and they make music at a professional level with the urgent sense of love for music, that is how I know classical music will be a vibrant force in my students’ lives long after they have graduated from Cornell and have children of their own, and are teaching the love of music to their own children and to their community in which they are leaders."

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Daniel Hege

Daniel Hege is widely recognized as one of America’s finest conductors, earning critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire and for his commitment to creative programming. He served for eleven seasons as the Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony and in June 2009, was appointed Music Director of the Wichita Symphony. Currently, he is the Principal Guest Conductor of both the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Tulsa Symphony.

From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Hege served with the Baltimore Symphony, where he held the titles of Assistant, Associate, and Resident. Mr. Hege also served as Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Symphony, Music Director of the Encore Chamber Orchestra in Chicago and Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony, where he was twice honored by the League of American Orchestras for innovative programming. Mr. Hege has also guest conducted the Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Indianapolis, Oregon, Colorado, San Diego, Columbus, and Phoenix symphonies; the Calgary Philharmonic; and led the orchestras at the Grand Teton and Aspen Music Festivals. International engagements include performances with the Singapore Symphony and the St. Petersburg Symphony at the Winter Nights Festival. In addition, Mr. Hege has worked with the Syracuse Opera, with which he led productions of Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, Tosca and Don Pasquale. Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Rochester, Buffalo, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Naples Philharmonics; the Louisville, Sarasota and Florida Orchestras; and the Houston, Edmonton, Pacific, Puerto Rico, Hartford, Omaha, Madison, Tucson, Charleston and Virginia symphonies. He appears with many of America’s orchestral training programs such as the Texas Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, and the National Orchestral Institute. He has made numerous recordings, including a disc with the Baltimore Symphony and the Morgan State University Choir featuring works by Adolphus Hailstork and three CD’s with the Syracuse Symphony.

Mr. Hege also founded the University Chamber Orchestra, and served as Assistant Conductor of the University Orchestra and Music Director of the Utah Singers, at his alma mater the University of Utah. In May 2004, Mr. Hege was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Le Moyne College in Syracuse for his contributions to the cultural life in central New York State.

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