Courtney Lewis

British conductor Courtney Lewis, 38, has extended his contract as Music Director of the Jacksonville Symphony (Florida) through June 30, 2027. Lewis has served as the Jacksonville Symphony’s music director since 2015. This will be his third contract extension.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lewis began his musical journey as a chorister before studying composition with Robin Holloway at the University of Cambridge, and clarinet with Thea King. After completing a master’s degree at Cambridge with a focus on the late music of György Ligeti, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music, where his teachers included Mark Elder and Clark Rundell.

In recent seasons, Lewis has made debuts with the Nürnberger Symphoniker, Hallé Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In August 2022, Lewis led the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

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