LUCAS WALDIN is a dynamic and versatile conductor whose flare for audience engagement and passion for performance have delighted audiences across North America.
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Lucas joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as Resident Conductor in 2009 and was subsequently appointed Artist-in-Residence and Community Ambassador, the first position of its kind in North America. He has appeared with the orchestra over 150 times and has collaborated with artists such as Angela Cheng, Jens Lindemann, Sergei Babayan and Bill Eddins. He also conducted in Carnegie Hall during the ESO's participation in the 2012 Spring for Music festival. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was awarded the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting by the Canada Council for the Arts.
With an ability to slide easily between styles and genres, Lucas has worked with a range of pop and crossover artists including Carly Rae Jepsen, Ben Folds, Chantal Kreviazuk, the Barenaked Ladies and Buffy Sainte-Marie, in addition to conducting presentations such as Disney in Concert, Blue Planet Live, and Cirque de la Symphony. Lucas has been a guest conductor for numerous orchestras in Canada and the U.S., including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Houston Symphony, while this season will see debuts with the Victoria Symphony, the Regina Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Lucas received degrees in flute and conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music.