British conductor Joel Sandelson was born in 1994 and graduated from Cambridge University in 2016 with a first before continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Sian Edwards. From 2018 to 2020 he held the Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, during which time he was also assistant conductor with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard. He is artistic director of the Baroque orchestra Wond’rous Machine and they recently made their debut at St John’s Smith Square and Southbank Centre. In 2020 he won third prize at the inaugural Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition.
Joel Sandelson has conducted orchestras such as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Cincinnati and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, as well as all of Scotland’s major orchestras. Other important inspirations have come from his time at Tanglewood and from working with conductors such as Roger Norrington, Thomas Søndergård, Martyn Brabbins, Jorma Panula and Mark Stringer. He has also assisted Mark Elder, Jac van Steen, Edward Gardner and Trevor Pinnock.
Joel Sandelson began his career as a cellist, giving recitals and performing chamber music at venues such as Wigmore Hall. He also gave solo concerts across Europe and successfully took part in several competitions, as well as performing as a Baroque cellist with Britain’s leading early music groups.