British baton wins key post at New York Philharmonic

British baton wins key post at New York Philharmonic


norman lebrecht

February 27, 2014

Courtney Lewis, 29, has been named New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor, starting September 2014.

Belfast born, Courtney studied composition with Robin Holloway at Cambridge and conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, where his teachers included Sir Mark Elder and Clark Rundell. He has served as a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and as assistant conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Alan Gilbert said: ‘We discovered Courtney after an extensive audition process, and he emerged as a very promising future colleague as our next Assistant Conductor.’


RNCM graduates from the last six years currently hold assistant conductor / fellowship posts with:

Berlin Phil – Duncan Ward

New York Phil – Courtney Lewis

LSO – Alexandre Bloch

ENO – Gergely Madaras

Halle – Jamie Phillips

CBSO – Alpesh Chauhan

A three day competition to select next years new junior fellow starts on Saturday.


  • Pamela Brown says:

    How exciting for him! I know everyone here in Minnesota wishes him the very best.

    • Joel Stein says:

      Mr. Lewis conducts the Discovery Ensemble in Boston-terrific programming and dynamic performances. I am not surprised that he is getting this opportunity.

  • Thomas Hewitt Jones says:

    Bravo Courtney!

  • Michael gast says:

    I believe my friend Mr. Lewis is Irish…….Belfast !!!?!! Best wishes to a terrific conductor….I played in his orchestra audition in new York and he was fabulous. We’ll miss him in Minnesota.