Congratulations to Courtney Lewis, Inchmarlo 1988 – 1995 and Inst 1995 - 2002, who has been named as the Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Courtney, who graduated with starred first class honours from Cambridge after leaving Inst, has established himself as one of his generation’s most talented conductors.
Now based in the US, Courtney has appeared with a number of prestigious Orchestra’s including the Atlanta Symphony, the Washington National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and more recently the Minnesota Orchestra, where he has been as Associate Conductor.
A passionate advocate of music education, Courtney is the founder and musical director of Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated not only to giving concerts of contemporary and technical excellence, but also bringing live music into some of the most under-privileged areas of Boston.
At Inchmarlo his talent was nurtured by the then music teacher Mrs June Farrar and today it is only the most talented pupils who are fortunate to receive the Courtney Lewis Cup for Contribution to P7 Music.
Courtney has frequently spoken of the influence of his time at Inst:
‘Music at Inst provided me with many wonderful performing opportunities through the choir, jazz band, orchestra and smaller instrumental and vocal ensembles. Most important of all, though, was Philip Bolton's encouragement to listen widely to music, and to explore the repertoire myself: an essential habit for a conductor.’