Award-winning conductor Julie Desbordes leads ensembles in the Americas, Asia and her native France. Recent guest conducting appearances have included performances with orchestras in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Venezuela and Cuba.
Ms. Desbordes made her conducting debut at age 17 with l’Harmonie Municipale de Limoges, France. Since then, she has led diverse groups, from professional orchestras to community bands to youth ensembles.
Currently based in New York and Baltimore, she is the Artistic Director of two groundbreaking orchestras in New York City: the Turtle Bay Youth Orchestra and the Queer Urban Orchestra. With those ensembles, she presents innovative programs of both traditional and new repertoire that attract large, enthusiastic audiences.
Also a leader in the El Sistema movement, she was a featured cast member in the celebrated documentary, Crescendo! The Power of Music, directed by Jamie Bernstein, and she is a frequent guest conductor at El Sistema programs internationally.
Ms. Desbordes holds Master and Bachelor degrees in conducting and trumpet performance from conservatoires in France and Canada. In 2019, she will complete the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Her conducting teachers have included Raffi Armenian, Gustav Meier and Marin Alsop.