Crust demonstrated an impressive ability to create atmosphere in musical textures, and he caught inner voices within the Borodin to produce several lovely surprises. His sense of pacing is attractive and deeply musical. – HARTFORD COURANT

As the new (2017-18) Assistant Conductor, ANDREW CRUST fills an important role for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, conducting a variety of concerts including Pops, education, ballet, and his debut on the Classic Accents series in May, among others. Mr. Crust also serves as a key representative in the community and in the schools, acts as cover conductor for every MSO concert, and serves as conductor of the vitally important Memphis Youth Symphony. In his second season as Assistant Conductor of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine, Andrew scripts, programs and conducts education and family concerts.

Mr. Crust is an orchestra and opera conductor most active in the US and Canada. Some of his recent conducting positions include Cover Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Assistant/Cover Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic, Music Director of the CU-Boulder Campus Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor of Opera McGill. Mr. Crust was selected as one of two Assistant Conductors for the Carnegie Hall Weill Institute’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA in 2017, where worked primarily with NYO2 and assisted the orchestra and Giancarlo Guerrero in a side-by-side performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a final concert at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Crust has performed as a conductor on three continents. Recent guest engagements include concerts with the Hartford Symphony, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie in Québec, the Boulder Opera Company, the Colorado New Music Ensemble, the Pendulum New Music Series, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Abroad, he has led concerts with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana in Italy, Hamburger Symphoniker at the Mendelssohn Festival in Germany, the Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, the Filharmonia “Mihail Jora” of Bacau, Romania, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile in Santiago. In 2017 he was awarded first prize at the Accademia Chigiana by Daniele Gatti, and received a scholarship and an invitation to guest conduct in Sanremo, Italy.

Mr. Crust has been influenced by a number of teachers and conductors from around the world, most notably Daniele Gatti, Marin Alsop, Alexis Hauser, Gary Lewis, Scott Yoo, Gustav Meier, and Markand Thakar. In 2016 he was selected to audition for Riccardo Muti and Renata Scotto for Muti’s Italian Opera Academy in Ravenna. He completed his doctorate at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016 with academic emphasis on Brahms performance practice and made a French-to-English translation of Igor Markevitch’s analysis of Beethoven’s symphonies.