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Jonathan Taylor Rush


Hailed as a continually rising talent in the conducting world by the Baltimore Sun, Jonathan Taylor Rush brings passion, unique interpretation, and a refreshing energy to the orchestral experience. 

In the fall of 2020, Rush was appointed as the assistant conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In the fall of 2022, he was promoted to associate conductor. Previously, he served as music director of the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as conducting fellow for the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras. In 2018, he was a Project Inclusion Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta, and in 2019, was named assistant conductor. With the Chicago Sinfonietta, he worked alongside music professionals and fellow conductors to help “redefine classical music” by changing its face, and encouraging diversity in orchestras across the United States. At age 22, as winner of the 2018 Respighi Prize in Conducting, he made his professional orchestra debut with the Chamber Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall.

Currently, Rush continues to conduct both nationally and internationally, with notable debuts including the performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Nairobi Philharmonic. In 2023 he makes notable debuts with the Washington Nation Opera at the Kennedy Center, and with the Minnesota Orchestra. 

Rush’s mentors and former teachers of conducting are Marin Alsop, Mei-Ann Chen and Joseph Young. Rush received a bachelor of music education degree from The Ohio State University, and a master of music degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.