Artistic Staff

Conductors and coaches of the Young Artists Philharmonic
 
Stefano Miceli

Stefano Miceli

Artistic Director / Director of Chamber Music / YAP Piano Institute

Stefano Miceli has established a reputation as one of the foremost Italian pianists and conductors performing today.

As a conductor, pianist and regular guest artist at the most important festivals and theatres in the world he has earned the applause of audiences at Carnegie Hall,  Sydney Opera House, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berliner Philharmonie, Fenice Opera House, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, Donizetti Opera Bergamo, Boston Theatre, Melbourne Arts Center, Bellini Opera Catania, and festivals in Tbilisi, Bangkok, Saigon, Hanoi, Milan, Rome, Napoli, Lugano, Washington, and New Orleans.

Stefano has led to great acclaim many orchestras including the Salzburg Orchestra, Leipzig Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of La Scala, Australian Symphony, La Fenice Orchestra of Venice, European Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Beijing Symphony Orchestra,  Milano Metropolitan Orchestra, Orchestra of Cluje, Bangkok Symphony, Slovak Philharmonic, Dallas Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana, Saigon Opera House Orchestra, El Sistema orchestras,  “Pomeriggi Musicali” Milan Symphony, Moldova Philharmonic and many others.

In addition to his performing career Stefano is dedicated to the promulgation of classical education and talent. He has served as Visiting Professor at the Boston University, University of New Mexico, HCMC Conservatory of Music and Hanoi National Academy in Vietnam, Bangkok University, “J.S. Bach” Music School in Leipzig, Melbourne Conservatory of Music, El Sistema Music Schools in Venezuela, National Academy of Arts in Malta, and Steinway Academy Verona, Italy.

He devotes part of his time to serve as Director and Master Teacher for the Music Department at New York’s “La Scuola d’Italia”; he is  the Director of the International Summer Piano Camp of Italy “Brindisi Camp” in Brindisi, Italy and currently faculty member at the Adelphi University, New York and Music Director of the AU Symphony Orchestra.

Stefano is proud to be a Steinway Artist (Hamburg Department, 2011).

Ben Grow

Ben Grow

Conductor, Young Artists Philharmonic

Conductor Benjamin Grow, currently in his third season with the Young Artists Philharmonic, has worked with a wide array of ensembles in New York City and serves as Music Director/Principal Conductor of Chelsea Opera and Co-Director/Associate Conductor of the sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé. As music director of Tom Cipullo’s acclaimed opera, Glory Denied, in 2015 at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia, Grow “expertly coached the singers and led the orchestra” (Broad Street Review), and his “fine detailing delivered the ferocious power of this score” (Huffington Post), in what The Philadelphia Inquirer said was the “most unforgettable opera” of the year. He conducted studio recordings and workshops for Opera Philadelphia in works by their former Composer-in-Residence, Lembit Beecher. Grow has participated in masterclasses with Kurt Masur and Larry Rachleff, and in 2015, he won the International Conducting Workshop and Competition in Atlanta, GA.

Mr. Grow has been guest conductor at the Manhattan School of Music, assistant conductor at The Juilliard School, and currently conducts the chamber orchestra at Berkshire Summer Music. For several years, Mr. Grow co-presented an annual lecture at the 92nd Street Y, “The Physics of Music,” as part of their Mysteries of Science series, and has given pre-concert talks at the Museum of Biblical Art. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and his Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music.

Gregory Robbins

Gregory Robbins

Director of Online Education

American musician Gregory Robbins enjoys a diverse career as a performer, educator, bassist, and arts advocate.

He has held positions as Associate Conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony (2014-16), Music Director of the Delphi Chamber Orchestra (2011-2018), and Conductor and Executive Director of the Young Artists Philharmonic (2013-2019). In the Fall of 2019 he will begin an appointment as Conductor of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra in southern California. As a guest conductor, he has made recent appearances with the Redlands Symphony, Norwalk Youth Symphony, Yonkers Philharmonic, Pazardjik Symphony (Bulgaria) and Symphony by the Sea.

A strong advocate for music education, Robbins has extensive experience working with a variety of Youth, Secondary, and Collegiate ensembles. He has made conducting debuts at Yale School of Music, NYU, and lectured at Mannes College: The New School for Music. During the summer of 2015 he began an appointment to the conducting staff of the New York State Summer School for the Arts, in a program presented in conjunction with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was formerly the education director for the Geneva Music Festival.

Robbins is active in the worlds of Jazz and Popular Music, recently conducting the debut album of the Assembly of Shadows Jazz Orchestra, and premiering Miho Hazama’s “Jazz Mass” at St. Peter’s church in New York City. In 2018, he led a performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music featuring John Cale (formerly of Velvet Underground) and the Wordless Music Orchestra which gained wide acclaim from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker. In 2018 he also led the Video Game Orchestra in a sold out concert at Anime Boston. In the world of film and tv, he was the “conducting coach” for Gael Garcia Bernal, star of Amazon’s hit Mozart in the Jungle series.

He received his formal training at Yale School of Music and Manhattan School of Music, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Darwin Shen

Darwin Shen

Conductor, Young String Ensemble

Darwin Shen has been performing as a soloist in concert halls and with ensembles and orchestras all over the United States for over twenty years.  Although he continues to perform much of the standard violin repertoire of concertos, sonatas and short pieces, in recent years he has specialized in resurrecting lost or rarely performed works of the late 19thand early 20th centuries.  He has been sought after by other artists and musicians as an expert in these works, and his most recent projects in this area have been published online.

 Most recently, Darwin reconstructed the 1940’s Heifetz arrangement of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and rare pieces by Leopold Auer and John Crowther, and published his work online in video format.  All were highlighted by violinist.com.  Darwin is currently working on a number of similar projects.

In addition to his performance schedule, Darwin maintains a teaching studio for pre-college students in the New York metropolitan area.  His students have gone on to study at many of the major music conservatories and colleges in the United States.  Darwin is also the founder and executive director of the Violin Audition Prep Program, an annual, intensive program which is designed to teach young musicians how to approach and perform in auditions of all types, including for college and conservatory admissions and orchestra placements.  He also works with student orchestras and school music programs as a guest teacher, helping students work through intensive rehearsals or difficult pieces.

Darwin studied violin with Paul Kantor, Kyung Yu and Yuval Waldman.  He also has a BA degree in History from Manhattanville College.

Sharon Levin

Sharon Levin

Conductor, Flute Ensemble

Ms. Levin has a Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music and prior to that she studied in Paris, France where she earned the “Certificat de Musique de Chambre” from the Ecole Normale de Musique.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sarah Lawrence College.  In 2005 Ms. Levin gave a lecture/performance on Ecuadorian Mestizo Music at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego.  In winter of 2007 The National Flute Association published an article Sharon Levin wrote on Ecuadorian Mestizo Music in their Flutists Quarterly magazine and she was later highlighted in The New York Flute Club newsletter in May of 2007. She has performed and conducted master classes for 4 years at The International Flute Festival in Costa Rica. She was Conductor of the Young People’s and Young Artists Flute Choirs with the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic Program from 2007 – 2010.  She rejoined YAP last fall and already the Flute Choir has performed at the Gala Fund Raiser for the London Philharmonic at the Palace Theatre, The Greenwich Arts Center, The Greenwich Water Club YAP Fund Raiser and at Yale.  Ms. Levin is on the faculty of The Connecticut School of Music, The Darien Arts Center and teaches privately.

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