September 18, 2012 — Coral Gables — Justin Pressman, B.M. ‘12, was awarded a Fulbright grant to study opera and orchestral conducting in Russia at Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory under the tutelage of maestro Leonid Korchmar. He will also work as an administration intern at the world-renowned Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Pressman arrived in Russia in early September. While abroad he wants to master both the musical and administrative aspects needed to be a successful conductor in order to reach his dream of revitalizing the American symphony orchestra.
“By experiencing a different culture and receiving additional training outside of the United States, I can bring a fresh perspective to struggling United States orchestras,” Pressman said.
While at the Frost School, Pressman was a member of the MusicReach Mentorship Program. He researched, produced, and hosted Classical Brunch on 90.5 FM WVUM and served as an intern for the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency and the New World Symphony. For three years he studied conducting with the Resident Conductor of the Florida Grand Opera, Andrew Bisantz, and served as the assistant conductor for the Eugene Opera's production of John Adams’ Nixon in China.
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