Teddy Poll, from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, recently conducted La Fedeltà Premiata and Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor as a guest artist at the Juilliard School, as well as performances and workshops with Opera Philadelphia, the Glimmerglass Festival, and the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. In Fall of 2018, he will join the music staff at the San Francisco Opera as an assistant conductor.
Teddy recently finished his tenure as a Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Yannick Nézet-Séguin from 2014-2016. In 2013-14, Teddy was Apprentice Conductor to JoAnn Falletta at the Buffalo Philharmonic, and he has worked in masterclass with Vladimir Jurowski, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, Jacques Lacombe, Gustav Meier, Larry Rachleff, and Mark Gibson.
As a composer, Teddy has won an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and two Singing City prizes. His most recent work includes a String Quartet commissioned in honor of Robert Capanna by PCMS and the Presser Foundation, and the score to the film “Talent Night at Auschwitz: Bunk Five,” a surreal and glittering microdrama about a prodigy who writes a musical about the holocaust to cope with a profound trauma in his life. Teddy’s first opera, based on Lorca’s play Yerma, was premiered in New York at the NOMADS Festival. He was a summer fellow at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris from 2006 to 2008, and studied composition with Samuel Adler at the Freie Universität in Berlin in 2010 and 2011.
Teddy received a bachelor’s degree in composition from Columbia University, where he studied with Fabien Lévy and Fred Lerdahl. He holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Mannes College, where he studied with David Hayes and Joseph Colaneri. His other teachers include Philip Lasser, Mark Shapiro, Otto Werner-Mueller, and Benjamin C.S. Boyle.