B i o g r a p h y
Originally from Israel, Yael Front has been living and working in the United States since 2013. Soon after her arrival, Ms. Front was named music director and principal conductor of the Cincinnati Chamber Opera. In Spring of 2019, Ms. Front was named Inaugural Conducting Associate with the Defiant Requiem Foundation.
During the 2017-2018 concert season, Ms. Front held the positions of conducting fellow with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. That same season, Ms. Front also served as assistant conductor at the Cincinnati Ballet and was chosen to compete in the Solti International Conducting Competition in Budapest, Hungary.
In 2015, Ms. Front was awarded 3rd Prize in the London Classical Soloists Conducting Competition and was selected to take over as music director for the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2016, Ms. Front served as assistant conductor for both the National Music Festival (MD) and the Atlantic Music Festival (MA). She is a recent recipient of both the International Peace Scholarship from P.E.O. International and a John L. Magro Foundation Scholarship.
Ms. Front graduated with honors from the Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts. There, she began composing and arranging Israeli art songs, instrumental pieces and music for the theater. In 2011, Ms. Front completed a bachelor’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD), with Dr. Evgeny Tsirlin. At JAMD, Ms. Front was conductor of the JAMD Wind Ensemble and assistant conductor for the JAMD Chamber Choir, JAMD Symphony Orchestra and JAMD Opera. During her bachelor’s studies, Ms. Front formed the ‘Gvanim’ Children’s Choir, Ramat Gan and in 2012, she participated in the ‘Tedarim’ project, a year-long contemporary music program for outstanding young musicians.
Ms. Front is currently finishing her doctoral studies in orchestral conducting (with operatic specialization) at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Cincinnati, with Mark Gibson after completing her master’s degree there in 2015. At CCM, Ms. Front has led a wide range of works, notably Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Cendrillon of Massenet, Adam’s Giselle, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Cruel Sister, by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer, Julia Wolfe.
During the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Front is scheduled to conduct symphonic, operatic, choral and music theater works across the United States.
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