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"...full of color & shot through with light...five out of five stars."




Conductor and composer Stephen Mulligan has served as Resident Conductor with the Cincinnati Opera, Associate Conductor with the Atlanta Symphony, and Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 


2023-24 season highlights include, as a conductor, debut performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic, the San Antonio Philharmonic, and the University of North Texas Opera, and return visits to the Dallas and Phoenix Symphonies. As a composer, Mulligan will present a recital of his own compositions at the Boulez Saal in Berlin with students from the Barenboim-Said Akademie.

As a lover of and advocate for the music of today, Mulligan debuted on the New York Philharmonic's sound ON series in 2022 and on their 65th Street Session series in 2023.


As a fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mulligan stepped in for Gustavo Dudamel on short notice to conduct an all-Beethoven program featuring pianists Beatrice Rana and Conrad Tao. He also led Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with Kate Burton as the narrator and an all-Ravel Toyota Symphonies for Youth concert directed by Kitty McNamee, and prepared the casts of John Adams’ Nixon in China for the composer and Stravinsky’s Perséphone for Esa-Pekka Salonen. 


During the 2017-18 season, his first with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Mulligan stepped in on short notice for three classical subscription programs over the course of six weeks, working with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and pianists Jorge Federico Osorio and Behzod Abduraimov to critical acclaim. 


As a guest, he has conducted programs with the Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and the Virginia Symphony.


Mulligan is also the winner of the Aspen Conducting Prize, the Yale University Wrexham Prize, and a three-time recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award.


A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mulligan began his violin studies with his father Gregory. He studied violin with Kyung Yu at Yale University; conducting with Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop at the Peabody Institute and with Robert Spano at the Aspen Music Festival and School; and composition with Jörg Widmann at the Barenboim-Said Akademie.

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