Gregory Charette (1987) was born in Los Angeles, California. He earned his B.M. in composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Lewis Nielson and participated in master-classes with Helmut Lachenmann, David Lang, and Rebecca Saunders. While at Oberlin he began studying conducting with Robert Spano and Bridget Reischl and continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in The Netherlands, where his primary teachers were Jac van Steen and Kenneth Montgomery.
Gregory served as a conductor of the ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble’s Ligeti Academy from 2009 to 2011 and was active with the Dutch National Opera Academy, leading a full production of L’Elisir d’Amore in winter 2010/11. In 2013 he earned his M.M. from the newly created National Masters in Conducting in The Netherlands, that allowed him the opportunity to work with various professional Dutch orchestras in master-classes, rehearsals, and performances.
A fierce advocate of new music, Gregory studied with Pierre Boulez at the 2011 Luzern Festival and has served as conductor in the Holland Festival’s John Cage Centennial as well as the Aldeburgh Festival’s Emerging Composers Program, where he worked closely with Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews. He made his debut with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble in the Gaudeamus Festival 2012, stepping in at short notice for Etienne Siebens. He is music director and founding member of Oerknal!, a contemporary music collective dedicated to reimagining and reinvigorating the concert experience.
Recent engagements have included concerts with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps, Looptail Ensemble, Britten-Pears Ensemble, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Residentie Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orkest, and Philharmonie Zuidnederland. Gregory currently resides in The Hague.