"...there is good energy and power in the presentation and a fine sense of direction in playing, which clearly comes from the conducting."

-The American Prize

Lauded for his energy and power, Jeffrey Klefstad is entering his seventh season as Music Director and Conductor of the All University Orchestra (AUO) at Carnegie Mellon University, leading the organization with performances at Carnegie Music Hall and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).


Klefstad has led ensembles in Europe and North America. He made his European debut having conducted at the Aurora Music Festival (Sweden) under the invitations of Scandinavian conductors, Leif Segerstam and Johannes Gustavsson, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic). Among other interests, Klefstad is a frequent collaborator. He conducted the World Premiere of Michael Kim-Sheng's Matriphagy, worked with the Montréal-based saxophone quartet, Quasar, partnered with local musicians in performing Denys Boulaine's Jeux de société  for the Canadian Music Day Festival (2017), and worked with the Meitar Ensemble (Israel) under the guidance of Pierre-André Valade.

Klefstad has served as an assistant conductor for the McGill Symphony Orchestra and will lead the ensemble on Sibelius's Symphony No. 7 in 2020. In 2019, he served as guest conductor in residence for L'Orchestre symphonique conservatoire de musique de la Montérégie (Montréal), and was assistant conductor for Resonance Works | Pittsburgh, a multi-modal performing arts company focusing on chamber, opera, choral, and contemporary repertoire. During his time with the company, he was involved with various operas—Verdi’s Falstaff (2017) and Macbeth (2013), Massanet’s Cendrillon (2016), Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (2015), Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (2014), and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors—and chamber programs including Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and the North American Premiere of Sir James MacMillian’s Gloria.

Furthermore, Klefstad served as a cover conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. Additionally, he has been music director for opera productions of Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

He has worked with acclaimed conductors Manfred Honeck, Kurt Masur, Keith Lockhart, Jorge Mester, Kenneth Kiesler, and composers Steve Reich, Jennifer Higdon, Roberto Sierra, and Samuel Jones, among others. He is a student of Alexis Hauser and Guillaume Bourgogne.

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