‘A pro of the first order’ The Daily Telegraph
Joel Sandelson is a conductor equally at home directing exciting performances of symphonic repertoire and insightful work with period instruments. Having graduated from Clare College, Cambridge in 2016 with a triple-starred first in music he recently began studying conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. In Cambridge he directed many orchestral, choral and operatic projects and was the Conducting Scholar of the Cambridge University Music Society for two years after winning the university’s conducting competition twice. He conducted concerts with the university’s flagship symphony orchestra in Cambridge and on tours in Europe in repertoire including Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.
In 2013 he founded the Barbican Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble of elite conservatoire students, and has directed them in concerts across London, including successful return engagements at St John’s Smith Square. He is especially committed to historical performance both as director and cellist and in 2017 will launch a new period-instrument orchestra focusing on late eighteenth-century music. He has assisted notable conductors including John Wilson, Richard Farnes, Carlos Izcaray, David Hill and Rory Macdonald, and will in the coming months prepare projects for Edward Gardner, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Sir Mark Elder. Upcoming engagements include guest conducting with Istante Ensemble, Perseus Ensemble, Orchestra of St John’s, and study at Tanglewood.
As a cellist, he has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, including several recitals at Wigmore Hall and concertos with orchestras in the UK and Europe. Other highlights include appearances at festivals in Europe, Israel and Canada; premieres of solo and chamber works by Lowell Liebermann, Sir Nicholas Jackson and Kamran Ince; a performance of Steve Reich’s cello music in the presence of the composer; chamber collaborations with the Endellion and Celan Quartets; and success in several national competitions, including reaching the strings final of BBC Young Musician. He remains active as a chamber musician on both modern and historical cellos.