Sit down with Maestra Amy Andersson – Music Director and Conductor for the 2015-2016 world tour of The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses.
Amy Andersson is currently the Music Director and Conductor for the 2015-2016 world tour of The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses. In 2015, she conducted the tour through Canada, Mexico, Europe and the USA in noted concert halls and arenas. This wildly popular show, produced by Jason Michael Paul Productions, has upcoming shows planned for major cities in the US as well as Europe.
Ms. Andersson is a respected and admired conductor known for her wide range of artistic successes which include performances of Broadway musicals, opera and symphonic repertoire. She has led opera productions in Germany at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, National Theater of Mannheim, Stadttheater Aachen, Weikersheim Opera Festival, Rheinsberg Chamber Opera and in the US at the Colorado Light Opera, and has conducted orchestras in Germany, Denmark, Macedonia, France, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and the USA. Ms. Andersson is also a jazz singer, composer and arranger currently active in New York City.
Ms. Andersson began piano studies at an early age. She received her BMA from the University of Michigan, and received a MM in conducting from the Mannes College of Music in New York. She was awarded a conducting Fellowship to the Aspen Music School and her teachers have included Paul Vermel, Gustav Meier, Murray Sidlin, David Zinman, and the late Yakov Kreizberg.
The moment you knew you’d dedicate your life to music
Amy knew she would dedicate her life to music at an early age. She noted that music has been “infused in her life”. At the age 5, she had a desire to play piano. When she was told that she may be too young for lessons, she threw a tantrum. Her mother finally gave in at 6.
Worst musical moment
Amy’s worst musical moment was when she went on a tour in Europe and was approached by a Cultural Ambassador who told her that “women do not have any business on the podium” and “when you conduct, I just imagine you’re a man”.
The proudest musical moment
Amy considers moments when, in the Zelda Symphony, the whole orchestra is completely in sync and everyone is “on fire” is when she is most proud.
With the Zelda Symphony, Amy plays as the chief cheerleader, maestra of music, and generally the educator of a new kind of audience made of gamers and Zelda enthusiasts.
Most excited about right now
Amy is most excited about the 2015-2016 world tour of The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses.
Advice for your younger self
Amy’s advice to younger self is to continue to follow your passion and never give up.
What makes a great conductor?
A great conductor, according to Amy, must have the ability to communicate the music through gesture, verbally communicate to people, be relatable to people, and must be accessible emotionally.