By Mark Thysell
Even while an undergraduate and graduate student at Purchase College, State University of New York, Matthew Oberstein was hard at work to establish himself as a leading young conductor. During 2003, while still a student, Mr. Oberstein conducted the debut performance of the Artemis Chamber Ensemble and has enjoyed the distinction of being that ensemble’s principal conductor. While a graduate student he founded the Purchase Chamber Orchestra and also had the privledge of being the first student to guest conduct the Purchase Symphony Orchestra. In recognition of his accomplishments he was honored in 2005 with the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the Purchase College President’s Award for Achievement.
After his time at Purchase College Mr. Oberstein attained a postgraduate diploma at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In the same city in 2006 he was the guest conductor for the Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina. Since returning to New York he has continuted to conduct the Artemis Chamber Ensemble and has been featured as a guest conductor with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and the Westchester Philharmonic to name a few appearances.
He is passionate about his work, is an accomplished piano player, and enjoys conducting works from disparate eras and genres.
Eric Oberstein’s love for music developed at a young age. He has been playing saxophone since he was 8 years old and drums since he was 12. As an undergraduate Mr. Oberstein attended Duke University, where he majored in Cultural Anthropology, and acquired certificates for Arts Management & Cultural Policy and Latin American Studies. During his time at Duke he served as Assistant Producer at Duke Performances, founded ArtsConnect (a program in which Duke student artists teach elementary and middle school students in Durham about the arts), and was a member of the Duke University Marching and Pep Band, the Duke Afro-Cuban Percussion Ensemble, and the Duke University Jazz Ensemble.
After graduating from Duke in 2007 he attained a Master’s degree in Art Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2009. During his time at Columbia he served as an Associate Research Coordinator at Research Center for Arts and Culture. While currently a graduate student at the Arts in Education program, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and working as Special Projects Associate at the Office for the Arts at Harvard, Mr. Oberstein is working on the coming film Oye Cuba! A Journey Home, which follows Grammy award winning composer and pianist Arturo O’Farrill to Cuba, the birthplace of his father Chico O’Farrill the now deceased legendary jazz composer.
On his website Mr. Oberstein describes himself as an art consultant, musician, and advocate for art organizations and artists alike.
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