Kazem Abdullah

Generalmusikdirector of the City of Aachen, Germany (2012-2017)

“…Abdullah provided sensitive and attentive accompaniment…the standout performance of the entire season…”
Florida Times-Union

"Kazem Abdullah drew lucid textures, rhythmic bite and abundant colorings from the orchestra."
New York Times

“Countertenor bliss aside, the evening’s other reward comes from Kazem Abdullah’s superb, sensitively detailed conducting. Nancy’s orchestra has never sounded better.”
Financial Times

"Kazem Abdullah and Aachen´s symphony orchestra succeeded in presenting a tonally opulent as well as a mentally steeped interpretation of the Hindemith. The three (…) movements did not show any of the brittleness that are falsely frequently imputed to Hindemith. The weightless entrance chords of the 'Engelkonzert' sounded frothy, the following chorale substantial but not clumsy. The contrapuntal ramifications were properly worked out, the 'Grablegung' did not become halting and the 'Versuchung des heiligen Antonius' was excellently mastered. (…)"
Aachener Nachrichten

"And on the stage, Kazem Abdullah’s eyes sparkled to Handel’s 'Music for the Royal Fireworks.' He waves, he laughs, he applauds to his symphony orchestra that just brought the 'Last Night' with pieces of Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Brahms to a brilliant high point of his concert series."
Aachener Zeitung


A vibrant, versatile and compelling presence on the podium, American conductor Kazem Abdullah is one of the most-watched up-and-coming talents on the international stage today. Was Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Aachen, Germany from 2012 to 2017. His predecessors in this tradition-rich post include Fritz Busch, Herbert von Karajan and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

In the 2017-18 season Mr. Abdullah will make appearances with the New World Symphony, the Colours for Music Festival in Charleston South Carolina, the Brandenburgsiches Staatsorchester, Orchester Südwestfallen, and the . . .

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