Co-Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta for the 2021-22 season, and Assistant Conductor of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, American conductor Kyle Dickson is quickly building a reputation as an innovative and compelling presence on the podium. Recipient of Chicago’s 2021 Grant Park Music Festival Advocate for Arts Award, Dickson is also currently serving as a Salonen Conducting Fellow with the San Francisco Symphony and the Colburn School under the guidance of Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Recently engaged as guest cover conductor with the New York Philharmonic Mr. Dickson previously served as Music Director of the South Loop Symphony. A Conducting Fellow at the 2021 National Orchestral Institute’s Conducting Academy with Marin Alsop, he served as a 2019 Assistant Conductor of Spoleto Festival USA for the world premiere of the opera Omar.
Dickson works regularly with youth ensembles and has given masterclasses and webinars for many arts programs including the Chicago Youth Symphony Ensembles and Ravinia’s El Sistema program. As a violinist, Dickson was a prizewinner at the 2010 NANM National Concerto Competition, and has held residencies at Indiana University-South Bend and the United World College of South East Asia as a chamber musician.
Dickson earned his MM in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University studying with Victor Yampolsky.