Artist© Yujen Tsai
Luke Poeppel is a Master’s student at the Eastman School of Music, studying conducting in the studio of Brad Lubman. He is the assistant conductor of the Musica Nova Ensemble, having led works by Knussen, Abrahamsen, Davies, Webern, Manoury, and more. Luke also serves as assistant conductor for the Eastman Opera Theater (EOT).
In the 2022-2023 season, he worked on their productions of Anthony Davis’ ›Lear on the 2nd Floor‹ and Daniel Catán’s ›Florencia en el Amazonas‹. This season, he is assisting for operas by Heggie, Okoye, Purcell, Strauss, and Poulenc.
In the summer of 2023, Poeppel was the conducting fellow of the soundSCAPE festival and the Mostly Modern Festival, as well as Music Director of Rochester Summer Opera. At Mostly Modern, he was the cover conductor (to William Langley) for Robert Paterson’s opera ›In Real Life I/II & Extraordinary‹. Poeppel also served as cover conductor for Ensemble Signal (for the TIME:SPANS festival) and the Orchestra of the League of Composers (OLC). He will return to guest conduct the OLC in the summer of 2024.
Poeppel graduated with honors from New York University in 2022. He has collaborated with the JACK Quartet, the Kronos Quartet, Contemporaneous, the Bergamot Quartet, and Yarn Wire.
Outside of performance, Luke has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Nori Jacoby at the Frankfurt-based Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics between 2020 and 2022 in the Computational Auditory Perception group. During this time, he completed a study on computational techniques for rhythmic search and annotation in the context of Olivier Messiaen’s transcriptions of birdsong. This research was presented at the 2021 Society for Music Theory Conference.