Gregory Charette (b. 1987 in Los Angeles) is a conductor and programmer deeply committed to the performance and promotion of new music. He is chief conductor designate of Orkest de Ereprijs (NL) and principal guest conductor of the Kosovo Philharmonic. He is a regular guest conductor of the Asko | Schönberg Ensemble and guest lecturer and conductor of the Ensemble Academy of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Highlights of the 2022 season include his debut with Collegium Novum Zürich and a fully staged production of Luciano Berio's Recital I (for Cathy) in Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, a co-production of Asko | Schönberg and Silbersee. In 2013 he founded Oerknal, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to reimagining and reinvigorating the concert experience.
Gregory earned his B.M. in composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Lewis Nielson and participated in master-classes with Helmut Lachenmann, David Lang, and Rebecca Saunders. He moved to The Netherlands to study orchestral conducting at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and earned his M.M. from the Dutch National Masters in Orchestral Conducting, a program that gave him the opportunity to work with various professional Dutch orchestras in master-classes, rehearsals, and performances. His primary teachers were Jac van Steen and Kenneth Montgomery. He studied with Pierre Boulez at the 2011 Luzern Festival and has served as conductor in the Holland Festival’s John Cage Centennial as well as the Aldeburgh Festival’s Emerging Composers Program, where he worked closely with Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews.
Engagements have included concerts with Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Residentie Orkest, RTSH Orchestra (Albania), Kosovo Philharmonic, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps, Britten-Pears Ensemble and SONEMUS Ensemble (Bosnia). Gregory currently resides in Rotterdam.
*Full CV and repertoire list available upon request.