Teddy Abrams leads the Louisville Orchestra. | Photo by O'Neil Arnold

Teddy Abrams leads the Louisville Orchestra. | Photo by O’Neil Arnold

It’s great news for the Louisville Orchestra and the community as a whole: Music director Teddy Abrams has renewed his contract with the company for another three years, through 2020.

Abrams, 29, is the youngest director of a large metropolitan orchestra in the country, and he’ll not only continue to conduct the orchestra but undertake a bigger role in community engagement and administration. His innovative style is often credited for reconnecting the orchestra with the community, re-establishing it as a cornerstone of our vibrant music scene.

“I am incredibly excited and honored to continue my relationship with the Louisville Orchestra family and this extraordinary community,” Abrams says in press release. “We have worked very hard these past three seasons to demonstrate that this great institution can be a vital part of our city’s culture and a source of strength and inspiration for every person living in the Louisville region.”

From reinstating the city’s free Fourth of July festival to hosting pop-up concerts around the city and partnering with local musicians, Abrams affection and excitement for both classical and contemporary music is infectious.

“Teddy’s natural enthusiasm and love of both music and people join with his incredible musical talents to make him an exceptional music director,” says Andrew Kipe, executive director of the orchestra. “I’ve enjoyed working together to build his vision into our new plan for the Louisville Orchestra’s future — we’re just getting started!”

Abrams says he plans on growing the organization’s reach by focusing on creative music-making, innovative projects and activities that engage the community.

“I deeply love this town and our orchestra, and I will continue to do everything that I can to support our musical culture and to bring our music to every Louisvillian,” he says.

Below is Abrams performing on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” last year.