"Conductor Keimach has mentored a fine orchestra. Like his own teacher, Leonard Bernstein, Keimach dances like a dervish on the podium: now swooning, now alight with passion. His contagious energy definitely inspired most brilliant playing from the GYO." - Ted Ayala, Crescenta Valley Weekly, 2011
Brad Keimach, GYO's dynamic conductor & Music Director since 2000, retired from the GYO at the end of our 30th season, with a final concert in May of 2019.
The Brad Keimach Concertmaster Chair has been named in honor of his 19-year direction of, and contribution to, the Glendale Youth Orchestra.
Under Mr. Keimach's direction, the GYO rose to a new musical standard, with individual members making great strides in their abilities. His focus on responsibility, commitment, musicianship and ways to access and improve the personal best of the players, has not only touched the quality of their music, but their citizenship as well. Through his charismatic teaching style, "Brad's kids" have learned the meaning and relevance of the repertoire they play in terms of the music history and the human condition, and the pure beauty and passion of orchestral sound. Above all, he instilled in these young musicians a new sense of pride in their own accomplishments and in their orchestra.
Brad Keimach made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1986. A graduate of New York's prestigious Juilliard School, Mr. Keimach studied conducting at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein, and holds an MFA from the Purchase Conservatory of the State University of New York.
He has been Music Director of the Westfield Symphony, The Musica Viva Chamber Symphony and the West Orange Collegiate Orchestra, as well as appearing as guest conductor of numerous orchestras, opera and ballet companies.
Mr. Keimach served four years as a Teaching Artist for the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, and has taught at Kean College, Purchase Conservatory, CSUN, and Antioch University, and currently maintains a private studio for advanced conducting students. Apart from his musical activities, Mr. Keimach has been a yoga teacher since 2000.
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