Alexander Sinan Binder is currently chief conductor and artistic director of the Abaco-Orchestra Munich and led the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt as a conductor in 2021/22. Moreover he is the 2nd prize winner at Kodály Conducting Competition 2023. Working as a freelance conductor at the moment, recent invitations have taken him to various orchestras and festivals in Europe including Hannover State Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Ensemble Proton Bern, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Theater, Ensemble Modern, Cres... biennale, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Gaudeamus Muziekweek Utrecht and ManiFeste Paris. Beforehand Alexander Sinan Binder held the position as Kapellmeister and pianist at Lucerne Theater where he took over the position as principal conductor in 2020/21. His profile is characterized by a great amount of experience in the field of contemporary music as well as with dance. Alexander is equally comfortable on the podium and in the pit and has already conducted internationally renowned orchestras such as Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, WDR Funkhausorchester, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Strings, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Staatsorchester Hannover, Komische Oper Berlin, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, Staatsoperette Dresden, Staatskapelle Halle, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Musikalische Komödie Leipzig, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz a.o. He studied conducting with Prof. Rüdiger Bohn and piano with Prof. Paolo Giacometti at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. As part of the Swiss European Mobility Programme he also studied with Prof. Johannes Schlaefli at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Furthermore, he was supported in his education by the Conductors' Forum of the German Music Council and the Akademie Musiktheater heute of the Deutsche Bank Foundation. Masterclasses and workshops with David Zinman, Bernard Haitink, John Carewe, Peter Eötvös, Yuri Simonov, Colin Metters and most recently with Stefan Asbury at the Tanglewood Music Festival rounded off his training. Assistantships led Alexander Sinan Binder to the European Workshop for Contemporary Music (EWCM) as part of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Staatstheater Mainz as assistant to GMD Hermann Bäumer, Jeunesses Musicales Germany as assistant to Patrick Lange, Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen as assistant to GMD Rasmus Baumann, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie as assistant to Ingo Metzmacher for the "Sax & Crime Tour 2018" and as assistant to James Gaffigan for the symphonic concert "Romantic Rococo with Sol Gabetta" in the 2019/20 season with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.