Conductor Stephen Mulligan has been the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra since August 2017. This winter, over the course of six weeks, Mulligan stepped in for three Atlanta Symphony classical subscription programs to critical acclaim, working with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and pianists Jorge Osorio and Behzod Abduraimov. This spring, Mulligan was awarded a 2018 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award.
Mulligan has also frequently worked at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, recently assisting John Adams on a production of his opera Nixon in China at Walt Disney Concert Hall and Gustavo Dudamel in a production of Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Hollywood Bowl. From 2014-16, Mulligan served as Asistant Conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras Program. Other recent highlights include appearances with the St. Louis Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphonia.
Mulligan was awarded the Aspen Conducting Prize after studying with Robert Spano as a fellow in the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen from 2013-2014. He then served as the festival’s assistant conductor in 2015 and as a guest conductor in 2016. Before attending Aspen, Mulligan studied with Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop at the Peabody Institute, and received his master’s degree there in 2013. In 2011, Mulligan graduated cum laude from Yale University, where he served as the Yale Symphony's assistant conductor and was awarded the Wrexham Prize for excellence in performance for violin and conducting.
Mulligan grew up in Baltimore, MD, studying violin with his father Gregory, former concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony and current violinist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.