Justin Brown


Justin Brown studied at Cambridge University and at Tanglewood, later becoming an assistant to both Leonard Bernstein and Luciano Berio. 

Internationally acclaimed in both the symphonic and operatic repertoire, Mr. Brown is Music Director Laureate of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in the United States and served as Music Director of the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe from 2008 to 2020. He has been critically acclaimed for his performances of the Karlsruhe Ring cycle between 2015 and 2018, working with four different directors. He commissioned and gave the world premiere of Avner Dorman’s first opera Wahnfried, which was hailed as a masterpiece by the opera press worldwide and nominated for an International Opera Award in 2018. As guest conductor, he has worked with many of the world’s top orchestras and opera houses, including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Cincinatti and Dallas Symphony Orchestras; the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Monnaie, and Santa Fe Opera.

Highlights in the current season include his debuts with Teatro Colón Buenos Aires and Teatr Wielki Poznan, as well as returns to Welsh National Opera and Longborough.