Argentinian-born conductor Alex Amsel is quickly establishing himself as a conductor equally at home with orchestral and operatic repertoire, as well as in music education for students of all ages. Amsel’s hope is to integrate music into the fabric of every community he works with to reshape how we think about society and our place in it. He was appointed Conducting Fellow for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for the 2019-2021 seasons, where he will lead the orchestra in a variety of concerts and work closely with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Robert Spano. For the summer of 2019, Amsel was selected as the Assistant Conductor for the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, where he will perform with the orchestra in multiple subscription concerts. Other recent engagements include Assistant Conductor and Choir Master for the Peabody Conservatory Symphonies and Opera, and Faculty Conductor for the Philadelphia International Music Festival. Amsel was chosen as the winner of the Miami Music Festival Conducting Competition and led the Miami Music Festival Orchestra in concert at the New World Center. Amsel holds a Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting under the tutelage of Marin Alsop at the Peabody Conservatory.
During his free time, Amsel is a hiking, wine, and Golden Retriever aficionado.
Japanese-American violinist Natsuko Takashima is an experienced orchestral musician from Englewood, NJ. She has participated in various music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and New York String Orchestra Seminar. Natsuko received her bachelor’s degree at the Juilliard School with Naoko Tanaka and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Michigan with David Halen. In addition to performing, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking with friends and family.
A native of Washington D.C, Michael Romans began playing violin at the age of 10. He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and is currently pursuing his master’s at the University of Michigan. His primary teachers include Jim Batts, Grigory Kalinovsky, and Danielle Belen. Michael has also participated in New York String Orchestra Seminar, Sarasota Music Festival, and Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival. In addition to violin, Michael enjoys running and spending time outdoors.