ALEXANDER MICKELTHWATE studied piano performance and conducting in Karlsruhe, Germany, and participated in international conducting courses in Austria and France. He took additional studies at the Peabody Institute in . He served as Assistant Conductor of the Symphony through the 2003–2004 season. During his tenure there, he founded the new ensemble Bent Frequency. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Philharmonic. He was promoted to Associate Conductor for the 2006–2007 season and concluded his tenure in August 2007. In February 2006, Mickelthwate was named the director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and took up the post in September 2006, with an initial contract of 3 years. In December 2008, Mickelthwate extended his contract with the orchestra through the 2012 season. His Winnipeg contract was afterward extended through the 2015–2016 season. He is scheduled to conclude his Winnipeg tenure at the close of the 2017-2018 season. In November 2016, Mickelthwate first guest-conducted the Philharmonic. In May 2017, the orchestra named him its next director, and he became director beginning with the 2018–2019 season.