Adrian Slywotzky is proud to be an alumnus of BYSO, and he served as conductor of JRO from 2006 to 2012. He is the newly appointed Director of Orchestras at the Crane School of Music; previously he served as Associate Director of Orchestras at the University of Michigan. Adrian is a prizewinner of the Atlantic Coast International Conducting Competition (Portugal, 2016) and the Audite International Conducting Competition (Poland, 2017). He was the founding conductor of the Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra, and from 2007 to 2010 Music Director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra. An avid exponent of contemporary music, he directed the world premiere of Hugo Kauder’s magnum opus, the opera Merlin. As a conductor of Yale's New Music New Haven concert series and the University of Michigan's Contemporary Directions Ensemble, he has led countless performances of contemporary chamber orchestra works, as well as premieres of numerous works by graduate student composers.