Biography

American conductor Stephen Mulligan is currently in his second season as Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. This season, Mulligan also serves as a Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leading the orchestra on the Toyota Symphonies for Youth series and assisting Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, and guest conductors Lionel Bringuier, Mirga Gražinytė-tyla, Zubin Mehta, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

During the 2017-18 season, his first with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Mulligan stepped in on short notice for three classical subscription programs over the course of six weeks, working with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and pianists Jorge Osorio and Behzod Abduraimov to critical acclaim. In spring of 2018, Mulligan was awarded a prestigious 2018 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award.

​Highlights of recent seasons include appearances with the St. Louis Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, London Symphonia, and Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra.

​From 2014-16, Stephen Mulligan served as Assistant Conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony and Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras Program. In the summer of 2015, after winning the Aspen Conducting Prize, he served as the Assistant Conductor of the Aspen Music Festival.

​​A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Stephen Mulligan began his music studies with his father Gregory, former concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony and current violinist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He studied conducting at Yale University with Toshiyuki Shimada, at the Peabody Institute with Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop, and at the Aspen Music Festival and School with Robert Spano.

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