Born in England, Justin Brown studied at Cambridge University and at Tanglewood with Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein. 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, including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Symphony and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Brown has conducted at opera companies including the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Welsh National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Staatsoper Stuttgart, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, La Monnaie, Santa Fe Opera, and the Bayerische Staatsoper.