Conductors

Mei-Ann Chen— Mei-Ann Chen’s First Prize at Copenhagen’s Nicolai Malko Competition for Young Conductors in April 2005 has created the opportunity for her to conduct orchestras in Scandinavia and Asia. While Conductor and Music Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, she has conducted the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and participated in programs for promising young conductors sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra League, the National Conducting Institute and the Aspen Music Festival. She is the first person in New England Conservatory history to receive a double masters degree in conducting and violin simultaneously.

 

John Farrer, conductorJohn Farrer — Mr. Farrer has been music director of the Bakersfield and Roswell (NM) symphony orchestras for more than twenty seasons. He is a senior guest conductor of the English Sinfonia, and several recordings of string music with that ensemble have been released. Mr. Farrer is also a frequent guest with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, and the London Mozart Players. Also a gifted and respected mentor, Mr. Farrer is often invited to speak in the outreach/education programs for the San Francisco Symphony and the American Symphony Orchestra League. He is a recipient of New Mexico’s highest arts honor, the Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement.  In recent seasons Mr. Farrer has undertaken the music directorship of the Santa Maria (CA) Symphony Orchestra and initiated the California Conducting Workshop.

 

Kenneth Kiesler, conductorKenneth Kiesler — A prominent and versatile conductor, Mr. Kiesler was named music director of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra in 2002 and continues as Professor of Conducting and Director of University Orchestras at the University of Michigan. He has guest conducted numerous symphonies (National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Symphony at Orchestra Hall, the Utah, Detroit, New Jersey, Florida, Indianapolis, Memphis, and San Diego symphonies; the orchestras of Albany, Virginia, Omaha, Fresno, Long Beach, Long Island and Portland, the Texas Chamber Orchestra, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra) and appeared at several festivals (Meadowbrook, Skaneateles, Sewanee, Breckenridge, and Aspen) as well. His own annual conductors retreat in Medomak, Maine was featured in the Atlantic Monthly (April 2002). Mr. Kiesler is also Conductor Laureate of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Illinois Chamber Orchestra. http://www.music.umich.edu/faculty_staff/kiesler.kenneth.lasso
http://www.conductorsretreat.org/ken.php

 

Peter Mansfield, conductorPeter Mansfield — Mr. Mansfield began an ongoing affiliation with the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1981, where he has worked as a pianist, arranger/orchestrator, and music coordinator. He served as Pops conductor of the Kansas City Symphony in 1997-98. Mr. Mansfield’s arrangements have been performed by, among many others, the Baltimore, St. Louis, Boston, Oakland and Chicago symphony orchestras. Mr. Mansfield is represented as an arranger by the prestigious publisher G. Schirmer. He’s written compositions for television (PBS and commercials) and for a CD-ROM multi-media documentary on Abraham Lincoln, released worldwide in 1997. He has conducted Pops concerts for the Milwaukee, New Hampshire and Vancouver symphonies, and was music director and conductor for the Symphony on Ice tour, featuring Olympic and World Champion figure skaters in concert with major U.S. and Canadian orchestras, including the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Atlanta, National, Seattle, Spokane, Dallas, Vancouver and American symphonies, the Philadelphia Pops and a televised broadcast with the Houston Symphony. In 2003–04 he conducted the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in a variety of programs.  http://www.mansfieldmusic.net

 

Eduardo Marturet, conductorEduardo Marturet — One of South America’s preeminent conductors, Eduardo Marturet spends half of each season in Europe guest conducting and making recordings. With the Berliner Symphoniker alone, he has made 30 CDs in the past 12 years, including cycles of Beethoven and Brahms. Among the many orchestras he has conducted are the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Radio Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, and Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. With the 2005–06 season, he begins a relationship with the Miami Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Conductor. He continues to guest conduct leading orchestras in Venezuela and throughout South America. Following studies in Cambridge, England, Mr. Marturet returned to Venezuela in 1979 to lead the Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas and later assumed the position as Artistic Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela. In Fall 2001 Mr. Marturet and the Berliner Symphoniker toured Caracas, Sao Paulo, Cordoba, La Plata, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Monterrey. 2003 marked his Asian debut with the Seoul Philharmonic, his debut with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic in Argentina and the Florida Philharmonic in Miami and the opening of the Chorin Summer Festival in Berlin. http://www.eduardomarturet.com

 

Andrew Massey, conductorAndrew Massey — Andrew Massey is the Resident Conductor of The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Born in England, he began his US career as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, also serving as Associate Conductor of The San Francisco Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. He has held the Music Directorships of The Toledo Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, Oregon Mozart Players, and Michigan Chamber Orchestra, and appeared as a guest conductor with The National Symphony, The Pittsburgh Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Iceland Symphony, and many others. In recent years, Andrew has been claiming more time for composing, lecturing, and writing. His orchestral work "Early Mourning" was premiered in September 2003, and his writings on music and other matters can be found at www.andrewmassey.com.
 

Michael Morgan, conductorMichael Morgan — Michael Morgan has led the Oakland East Bay Symphony for over a decade. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic several times at the invitation of Leonard Bernstein, and has also conducted the New York City Opera, the National, Haifa, Baltimore, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta and Vancouver symphonies, as well as the Royal Flanders, Los Angeles and Warsaw philharmonics and the Philadelphia Orchestra. While a student at Oberlin, he spent a summer at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, where he studied under Gunther Schuller and Seiji Ozawa and worked with Leonard Bernstein. After winning the Hans Swarowski International Conductors Competition at age 23, he became assistant conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, under Leonard Slatkin. He has also served for several seasons as the music director of the Sacramento Philharmonic and returns annually to teach conducting at Tanglewood. The 2003-04 season included subscription concerts with the orchestras of Atlanta, Cincinnati and Kansas City.  http://www.oebs.org

 

Robert Page, condutorRobert Page — Serving as Assistant Conductor and Director of Choruses of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1971-1989, Mr. Page conducted the world-renowned ensemble on many occasions, including national radio and television broadcasts. Since 1989, he has held the title of Director of Special Projects and Choral Activities with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has been music director and conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and has brought the Mendelssohn to national and international prominence through appearances in New York, a European tour and national broadcasts. Mr. Page has conducted many of America’s major orchestras and has recorded numerous times. He’s received eight Grammy nominations, and won for his recordings of Orff’s Carmina Burana and Catulli Carmina, with the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, respectively.

 

Gunther Schuller, conductorGunther Schuller — Gunther Schuller has developed a musical career that ranges from composing and conducting to his extensive work as an educator, jazz historian, administrator, music publisher, record producer and author. Mr. Schuller was principal French horn at the age of 17 with the Cincinnati Symphony, and rose to that position seven years later with the Metropolitan Opera. In 1959 he gave up performing to devote himself primarily to composition, and has since been rewarded with the Pulitzer Prize (1994), two Guggenheim fellowships, the Darius Milhaud Award, the Rodgers & Hammerstein Award, the William Schuman Award from Columbia University for lifetime achievement, a MacArthur Award, numerous Lifetime Achievement awards and is an original member of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. As a conductor, Mr. Schuller travels throughout the world, leading major ensembles from New Zealand to Holland to St. Louis. Mr. Schuller has written dozens of essays and four books, including renowned jazz history studies and a recent volume on the art of conducting, entitled The Compleat Conductor. Mr. Schuller also founded and led the New England Ragtime Ensemble, and is largely responsible for the renaissance of Scott Joplin and other ragtime greats.
 

Gary Sheldon, conductorGary Sheldon — The 2004-05 season marks Gary Sheldon's 17th season conducting the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, and his 2nd as Artistic Director of the Lancaster Festival. He is also in his fifth season as principal conductor for the Festival at Sandpoint in Idaho. In 2001–02 he ended his ten-year term term as Music Director of the Marin Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the Detroit, St. Louis, San Diego, Utah, Columbus, New Orleans, BBC -- London, and Montreal symphonies, Radio Denmark Orchestra, Ballet Met of Columbus, Norwegian Ballet in Oslo, and Encompass New Opera Theatre in New York City. In addition, he has developed an attractive family program for orchestra called “Where in the World of Music is Carmen Sandiego?”™, based on the popular computer game, which he has taken to orchestras throughout America.  http://www.gsheldon.com

 

Takuo Yuasa, conductor

Takuo Yuasa — The talented Japanese conductor, Takuo Yuasa, has been the Principal Conductor of the Gumma Symphony Orchestra, and the principal guest conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony. He is now the principal guest conductor of the Ulster Orchestra. He conducts all the major orchestras in Japan, and has given many performances for the Scottish Opera. In recent seasons, Mr. Yuasa has conducted the London, Oslo, Hong Kong, Royal Liverpool and Luxembourg philharmonics.

 

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