Music Director & Conductor
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. Following an extensive international search, Mr. Kraemer was appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in July 2015. He also serves a Music Director of the Butler County Symphony and begins his fifth and final season as Music Director of the Erie Chamber Orchestra.
His active guest conducting schedule has included appearances with many of the nation’s finest orchestras, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, North Carolina, Saint Louis, Spokane, Syracuse symphony orchestras. He has also appeared with Canada’s Mississauga Symphony and Hamilton Philharmonic and in Europe with the Vidin Philharmonic and the Orquesta de Cadaqués.
Upcoming season highlights include productions of Happy Birthday Wanda June (world premiere), The Barber of Seville, and The Jewel Box with Indianapolis Opera, La Traviata with the ECO, and EarShotcomposer readings with the ICO. The 2016-17 season also brings return engagements to the Rochester Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, and West Michigan Symphony.
Mr. Kraemer served as associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic from 2009 to 2014, where he regularly led the orchestra on each of its concert series. A passionate advocate for new music, he has performed the works of many living composers during his career. Increasingly recognized for his commitment to music education and his devotion to young audiences, he has created numerous arts education programs and has taught at several music festivals both in the United States and abroad. Prior to his appointment in Buffalo, he served for three seasons as associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, where he led the orchestra in over 200 performances statewide. His performances have been broadcast regularly on NPR’s Performance Today.
Recipient of the 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. He has collaborated with many leading artists, including Lang Lang, Jennifer Koh, Elmar Oliveira, Rachel Barton Pine, Awadagin Pratt, Richard Stolzman, Wu Man, Bela Fleck, Ben Folds, the Indigo Girls, Chris Botti, and Natalie Merchant. A frequent collaborator with Broadway superstar Idina Menzel, he has served as conductor for many of her numerous symphony engagements nationwide
An Indiana native, Mr. Kraemer studied conducting in Vienna, Austria with Salvador Mas Conde. He was also a fellowship conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and the National Arts Center Conductor’s Program in Ottawa, Canada. His conducting teachers include David Zinman, Robert Spano, Stanley DeRusha, and Jorma Panula. Mr. Kraemer is a graduate of Butler University and the University of Nevada, where he assisted former Cincinnati Symphony concertmaster Phillip Ruder. An accomplished violinist in his own right, he was a member of the Nightingale String Quartet. When he is not performing, Mr. Kraemer enjoys cooking, running, and reading. He and his wife Megan reside in Indianapolis with their sons Gabriel and Nathaniel.