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Vinay Parameswaran


Representation: General Management

Internationally recognised for his energetic presence, imaginative programming, and compelling musicianship, Vinay Parameswaran is one of the most exciting and versatile young conductors on the podium today. Parameswaran joined The Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant Conductor beginning in the 2017-18 season and was promoted to Associate Conductor in 2021. In this role, he led The Cleveland Orchestra in several dozen concerts each season at Severance Hall, Blossom Music Festival, and on tour. He also served as Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.

In the 21/22 season, Parameswaran conducted The Cleveland Orchestra in several concerts including a subscription programme at the Blossom Music Center, as well the Toledo Symphony. Upcoming engagements include debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and return appearances with the Nashville Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic. Highlights of the 20-21 season included Parameswaran’s subscription debut with The Cleveland Orchestra, debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and return appearances with the Toledo Symphony. Recent guest appearances have included debuts with the Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Tucson Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Vermont Symphony, and the Eugene Symphony.

In the summer of 2019, Parameswaran made his classical subscription debut with The Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival in a programme of Ives, Bernstein, and Rachmaninoff. He also led The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra on an acclaimed four-city European tour that included a performance at the Musikverein in Vienna.

Parameswaran came to Cleveland following three seasons as Associate Conductor of the Nashville Symphony, where he led over 150 performances. In the summer of 2017, Parameswaran was a Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. He has participated in conducting masterclasses with David Zinman at the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, as well as with Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

Equally at home in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Parameswaran has led acclaimed performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love with Curtis Opera Theater.  In Cleveland, he has assisted Franz Welser-Möst on productions of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Parameswaran is the conductor on the album ‘Two x Four’ featuring the Curtis 20/21 ensemble alongside violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh, featuring works by Bach, David Ludwig, Philip Glass, and Anna Clyne.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Parameswaran holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and political science from Brown University, where he graduated with honours.  At Brown, he began his conducting studies with Paul Phillips.  He received an Artist Diploma in conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with renowned pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller as the Albert M. Greenfield Fellow.

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Vinay Parameswaran joins JBM for general management

July 13th, 2022

We are delighted to announce that American conductor Vinay Parameswaran has joined the JBM roster. Parameswaran has just completed five years with The Cleveland Orchestra, first as Assistant Conductor, followed by a promotion to Associate Conductor, benefitting from generous podium time with one of the world’s finest orchestras. Previously he was Associate Conductor with TheRead more ›

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“Britten’s genius is on full display as Parameswaran and the strings imbue each section with concentrated character…At every step, Parameswaran seems to know exactly what he wants, and the players seem to want exactly the same thing. Truly, in this case, for both the conductor and musicians, everything is in focus.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 2021

“Parameswaran …recognizes that the nature of this piece is one of high contrast. To that end, he paces the aria Italiana at an exhilarating clip, while taking the following bourrée spaciously enough for the players, including concertmaster Peter Otto in his solo, to really dig into the piquant dissonances. He balanced the humor and the growing spookiness of the waltz well, allowing the players to shine as the piece began to grow more serious. He also smartly let the spidery pianissimo tremolando scales near the end of the waltz fall where they may instead of brow-beating the players for precision…It is a fine performance, and one of the best things Parameswaran has done in Cleveland.”

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