Biography

Equally adept at conducting classical and pops programs, Albert-George Schram has led a wide variety of repertoire for many orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Schram is currently Resident Conductor of the Nashville Symphony and Resident Staff Conductor of the Columbus (OH) and Charlotte Symphonies. He has conducted classical, pops, holiday and educational concerts for all three orchestras. He has also served as Music Director of the Lubbock (TX) Symphony and the Lynn (FL) Philharmonic, and has held titled positions with the Louisville and Florida Philharmonic Orchestras.

Schram’s guest-conducting roster has included the symphonies of Dallas, Charlotte, Tucson, New Orleans (Louisiana Philharmonic), Oklahoma City, Spokane, Dayton and  San Antonio, among others, In the 2012-13 season he will make debuts with the North Carolina and Pacific Symphonies. His conducting engagements abroad have been with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Taegu Symphony in Korea, the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional of Bolivia, the Orquestra Sinfonica Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (in Mendoza, Argentina), the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan, and the Orchester der Allgemeinen Musikgesellschaft in Luzern, Switzerland.

Educated at The Hague Conservatory in his native Netherlands, Schram has also studied at the University of Calgary and the University of Washington. His teachers have included Rafael Kubelik, Franco Ferrara, Abraham Kaplan and Neeme Jarvi.

On the classical side, Schram has worked with many distinguished artists, including pianists Lang Lang and Olga Kern and violinist Elmar Oliveira, among others. His vast performance repertoire has included the Requiems of Verdi and Berlioz, most of the standard symphonies (by Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mahler et al), the basic concerto repertoire, and music by such acclaimed contemporary composers as John Corigliano and Jennifer Higdon. As a pops conductor, Schram has worked with James Taylor, Art Garfunkel, Chris Botti, LeAnn Rimes, Boyz II Men, Kenny G, Olivia Newton-John, Chicago, Aretha Franklin, and many others. He also has put together a variety of theme programs, including a Big Band show, a Ray Charles tribute, “Home for the Holidays” (a Christmas program) and a romantic evening called “That’s Amore.”

Photo: Matthew H. Starling

"It has always been a pleasure for me to work with conductor George Schram and to attend his concerts. George is an extremely gifted musician with a fine conducting craft. My collaborations with him have always been refined, sensitive and musically rewarding."

Elmar Oliveira
Violinist

George Schram is a pro! ... He loves the music and knows what to do with all styles and genres. He respects the musicians and never wastes their time. Most importantly, he communicates comfortably and intelligently with the audience. He is versatile and quick, and best of all, a genuinely nice person, especially for a conductor. I always smile when I see his name on the calendar, knowing we will put on a good show.

Michael Coren
Cellist, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The Dutch-born conductor Albert-George Schram led the Spokane Symphony (in Mahler’s Ninth Symphony) in playing that burned with fury and torment, and one that sang with tenderness, too … the orchestra responded brilliantly for Schram.

Travis Rivers
Spokane Spokesman-Review