Music Director

The San Luis Obispo Symphony has a new music director - Maestro Andrew Sewell. This internationally renowned native of New Zealand ushers in a new era for the Symphony.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected by the San Luis Obispo Symphony,” said Sewell.  “My wife, Mary, and I were touched by the hospitality and graciousness we experienced when we visited. We feel very much at home and I am very excited by this opportunity. I look forward to working with the musicians, staff and the board of directors to explore how and where the Symphony may grow artistically in and with the community.”

Maestro Sewell is in demand as a conductor having had long tenures with the Wichita Symphony, Mansfield and Toledo, OH Symphonies. He has also led the Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee, Columbus, Toledo, Syracuse, Illinois, Monterey, Gulf Coast and Eugene Symphony Orchestra, as well as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Phiharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, National Symphony of Mexico, Kyushu Symphony (Japan), City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Hong Kong City Opera, OK Mozart Festival, Peninsula Music Festival and Masterworks Festival. Maestro Sewell is currently the Music Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in Madison. He is credited with expanding the repertoire and providing innovative and adventuresome programming to all their concert programs.

In 2013, Sewell received the Rabin Arts Youth Award for Individual Achievement by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra for his services to youth and education. 

“My parents took me to see the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at a young age and I was hooked. That same experience excites me when thinking about the importance of bringing young people to hear our symphony, and of furthering their music education.  I’ve experienced the transformative power of music and hope to pass that on.” said Sewell. 

Maestro Sewell received his music training on the violin, piano and cornet, and began conducting at age 16. Six years later, he made his professional opera debut with the Mercury Opera and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Winning the Australian Guarantee Corporation’s Young Achiever’s Award allowed him to further his studies abroad. Sewell holds a Master of Music degree with Honors in Conducting from the University of Michigan.