Joseph Trafton begins in 2017/18 as the Music Director of the Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen in Germany. He has worked in theaters in Regensburg, Braunschweig, and Mannheim. A composer and advocate of new music, he has recently conducted world premieres with the Ensemble PHACE at the festivals Wien Modern and Musica Strasbourg. He has degrees from University of Miami and the Eastman School of Music. He also studied at Viennas Universität für Musik and participated in conducting masterclasses in Lucerne with Pierre Boulez and Bernard Haitink.