One of a younger generation of conductors dedicated to new and recent repertoire, Jeffrey Means has emerged as a prominent figure in contemporary music. Means leads many of Boston's new music ensembles, including the Firebird Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Xanthos Ensemble, and the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble. Means is also the artistic director of Sound Icon, a sinfonietta ensemble dedicated to the most important works and composers of the past few decades. Means was one of two conductors selected to study with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival in 2009; he was also invited back to Lucerne in 2011. Also in 2011, Means served as conductor of the Etchings Festival of Contemporary Music in Auvillar, France, a post he will return to in 2012. Jeffrey has led many contemporary masterworks in Boston, including Boulez's Le Marteau sans Maitre, Elliott Carter's A Mirror on Which to Dwell, Han's Abrahamsen's Schnee, and Gerard Grisey's Vortex Temporum to name only a few. Highlights this season include US Premieres of large-scale works of Wolfgang Rihm and Beat Furrer, and a performance Xenakis' Anaktoria on a concert in honor of the tenth anniversary of the composer's passing. Means attended New England Conservatory, where he received the Gunther Schuller Medal at his graduation. He has recordings on Mode, Albany, Naxos, New World, and Albany records.