Edward Poll, from Bryn Mawr, Pa., is a Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he works under the mentorship of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Mr. Poll was assistant conductor at the 2014 Glimmerglass Festival, and recently made his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic at the invitation of JoAnn Falletta. He has conducted workshops of new compositions for Opera Philadelphia and Washington National Opera.
Also a composer, Mr. Poll is the winner of an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and two Singing City prizes, His first opera, based on Lorca’s play, Yerma, was premiered in New York at the NOMADS Festival. His second opera, in process, is set to religious texts by Auden and Yeats. His works have been performed by NonSequitur and pianist Beth Levin, among others. He was a summer fellow at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris from 2006 to 2008, and studied composition at the Freie Universität in Berlin in 2010 and 2011.
Mr. Poll received a bachelor’s degree in composition from Columbia University, where he studied with Fabien Lévy and Fred Lerdahl. He holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Mannes College, where he studied with David Hayes and Joseph Colaneri.