The Juilliard School announces its 2014-15 orchestra season featuring distinguished conductors making their debut appearances with the Juilliard Orchestra: Fabio Luisi, Tadaaki Otaka, alumnus Peter Oundjian, and alumna Speranza Scappucci and esteemed conductors who will be returning to Juilliard, Edward Gardner, Larry Rachleff, David Robertson, Mark Shapiro, Emmanuel Villaume, David Zinman, and Juilliard conductors Alan Gilbert, Jeffrey Milarsky, and Gary Thor Wedow. The Juilliard Orchestra presents twelve concerts this season and partners with Juilliard Opera and with Juilliard Dance performances. Reasonably-priced tickets are available for all Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Peter Jay Sharp Theater concerts. Box Office and ticket information follows each concert description.
Highlights of the season include: David Zinman conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in the only Carnegie Hall concert of the season on Tuesday, February 24, 2015; a 90th birthday tribute to Pierre Boulez with conductor David Robertson and the Juilliard Orchestra on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3 PM in Avery Fisher Hall; and Alan Gilbert in his only Juilliard appearance this season, conducting the traditional Commencement Concert on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6 PM in Alice Tully Hall, the evening before Juilliard’s 110th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015.
The Juilliard Orchestra’s 2014-15 season opens with Italian conductor Fabio Luisi, principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and general music director of the Zurich Opera, making his debut conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, published in 1877 and described by Wagner as a ‘symphonic birthday greeting’ to his wife, Cosima; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216 (soloist to be announced); and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 38 “Spring” on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The title of Schumann’s Symphony is drawn from a line by the German Romantic poet, Böttger: “Im Tale zieht der frühling auf” (“In the valley, spring approaches”). Schumann wanted the orchestra to play with the freshness of spring.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s October 13, 2014 concert with Fabio Luisi at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.
Edward Gardner, current music director of the English National Opera and the chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (beginning in October 2015), returns to lead the Juilliard Orchestra in Knussen’s The Way to Castle Yonder, featuring orchestral interludes for the composer’s second operatic collaboration with Maurice Sendak, Higglety Pigglety Pop!; Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A Minor (soloist to be announced), composed for oboist Leon Goossens and premiered in Liverpool on September 30, 1944; Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27, composed between October 1906 and April 1907 and conducted by the composer at the premiere in Saint Petersburg on January 26, 1908, on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. This is Mr. Garner’s second appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra; he made his conducting debut with the Orchestra on December 13, 2012 in a program of Walton and Mahler.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra October 25, 2014 concert with conductor Edward Gardner at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office at Juilliard. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.
Jeffrey Milarsky, a member of Juilliard’s conducting faculty and founding music director of AXIOM, leads the Juilliard Orchestra on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall in a program featuring John Adams’ exuberant Short Ride in a Fast Machine, composed for the opening of the first Great Woods Festival in Mansfield, Massachusetts; Bartók’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2 (soloist to be announced) - Bartók was the soloist at the premiere of the Piano Concerto on January 23, 1933 in Frankfurt am Main; and Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1947), first performed with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes on June 13, 1911 and later re-orchestrated by Stravinsky. Mr. Milarsky returns later this season with the Juilliard Orchestra on April 28, 2015 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall to conduct four world-premiere works by Juilliard student composers.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra November 8, 2014 concert with conductor Jeffrey Milarsky at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office at Juilliard. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.
The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, the School’s conductorless ensemble coached by Orpheus member Eric Bartlett, performs an all-Italian program on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Boccherini’s Symphony No. 6 in D Minor, “Las casa del Diavolo”; Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B Minor (soloist to be announced); Puccini’s I Chrysantemi; and Respighi’s Gli Uccelli.
Tickets for the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra’s November 17, 2014 concert are $30 and will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through Center Charge at (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.
Italian born conductor Speranza Scappucci, an alumna of the School, makes her first appearance at Juilliard conducting Rossini’s Il turco in Italia, directed by John Giampietro, on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 and Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8 PM; and Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Ms. Scappucci has been working with Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Summer Festival and the Rome Opera and has been on the music staff of several American companies (Chicago Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera). She spent six summers (2001-2006) at the Glyndebourne Festival where she worked with conductors Vladimir Jurowski, William Christie, Charles Mackerras, Emmanuelle Haim, Philippe Jordan, and Louis Langrée.
Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Rossini’s Il turco in Italia at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Juilliard Box Office.
Conductor Larry Rachleff, music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and director of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras at Rice University in Houston, returns to lead the Juilliard Orchestra on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The programincludes Ives’ night music, Central Park in the Dark (1906) featuring Ives’ harmonies representing Central Park as an oasis set against intruding urban sounds; Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher for Viola and Small Orchestra (soloist to be announced) composed in 1935 for the composer’s own concert use, based on German folk tune, and hauntingly reflecting his harassed situation in Nazi Germany; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47 (1937), which had a triumphant first performance in November 1973 and saved Shostakovich’s career.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s December 11, 2014 concert with Larry Rachleff at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office only.
Juilliard alumnus, conductor Peter Oundjian, music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2004, leads the Juilliard Orchestra in faculty member Christopher Rouse’s The Infernal Machine (1981), composed for the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s European tour performances of 1981, and its title is taken from the eponymous play by Jean Cocteau which retells the Greek Oedipus myth; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482 (soloist to be announced); and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s concert on January 24, 2014 with Peter Oundjian at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.
Tadaaki Otaka, conductor of the NHK, Tokyo, and Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, makes his first appearance conducting the Juilliard Orchestra on the closing night of the 2015 FOCUS! festival, Nippon: Japanese Music Since 1945. FOCUS! 2015 opens on Friday, January 23, 2015 with a performance by the New Juilliard Ensemble, led by festival director Joel Sachs, and includes four evenings of chamber music concerts in between. The closing concert of FOCUS! on Friday, January 30, 2015, 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater features Debussy's Nuages (from Trois Nocturnes); Takemitsu’s Twill by Twilight (1988) dedicated to Morton Feldman, who passed away around the time Takemitsu completed his score; Miyoshi’s Noesis (1978), composed for the 200th subscription concert given by the Tokyo Philharmonic; Yoshimatsu’s Threnody to Toki, composed in 1980 to reflect the composer’s concern for nature and world ecology; and Takemitsu’s Far Calls. Coming, Far! for solo violin and orchestra, which takes its title from James Joyce’s novel, Finnegans Wake. Takemitsu’s work is based on the idea present within Finnegans Wake of a river (represented by the violin) flowing into the sea (tonality).
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s 2015 FOCUS! closing concert on Friday, January 30, 2015 at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Student tickets at $15 will be available only at the Juilliard Box Office.
Emmanuel Villaume returns to conduct the Juilliard Orchestra on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Stravinsky’s Feu d’artifice, Op. 4; Ravel’s La valse; Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 82 (soloist to be announced); and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel). Mr. Villaume conducted Juilliard Opera’s critically-acclaimed production of Cendrillon in April 2014: “Emmanuel Villaume, the seasoned specialist on the podium, conveyed equal parts savoir-faire and inspiration.” (The Financial Times, Martin Bernheimer)
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra's February 14, 2015 concert with Emmanuel Villaume at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 will be available only at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.
Mark Shapiro returns to conduct Juilliard singers and members of the Juilliard Orchestra in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia on Wednesday, February 18 and Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8 PM; and Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2 PM in Juilliard’s intimate Willson Theater. Mary Birnbaum directs the Juilliard Opera production.
Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Juilliard Box Office.
David Zinman, who just completed his final season as music director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, conducts the Juilliard Orchestra on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8 PM in Carnegie Hall in newly-appointed Juilliard faculty member Steven Stucky’s Dreamwaltzes (1986) who wanted the piece, which was commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, to have some connection with the Viennese theme of the Sommerfest concerts; Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107 (soloist to be announced), composed in 1959 and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich who performed the world premiere with conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky and the Leningrad Philharmonic; and Strauss’ tone poem Ein Heldenleben.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s February 24, 2015 Carnegie Hall concert with David Zinman at $30 (parquet, 1st and 2nd tiers); $15 (dress circle and balcony) will be available online at www.juilliard.edu/springorch, at CarnegieCharge (212) 247-7800, or at the Carnegie Hall Box Office. Half-price tickets for students are available only at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.
David Robertson, music director of the St. Louis Symphony and chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia, leads the Juilliard Orchestra in Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna by Boulez on the occasion of the composer’s 90th birthday on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3 PM (matinee) in Avery Fisher Hall. Boulez’s Rituel was composed in 1974-75 and revised in 1987. Scored for chamber orchestra in eight groups, the work was composed as a memorial piece in honor of Bruno Maderna, a close friend of Pierre Boulez, who also was a composer and a conductor. Rituel had its world premiere with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London on February 4, 1975. The program also includes Debussy's Prelude to Aftrnoon of a Faun; Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments; and Boulez's Originel from "...explosante-fixe...".
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s April 19, 2015 concert with David Robertson at $30 (orchestra and 1st tier) and $15 (2nd and 3rd tiers) will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 will be available only at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office.
Gary Thor Wedow conducts Juilliard singers and the Juilliard Orchestra in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8 PM; Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2 PM; and Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Stephen Wadsworth directs the Juilliard Opera production. Last season, Mr. Wedow led J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour with Juilliard415 and the Trinity Wall Street Choir, which culminated in an Alice Tully Hall concert.
Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Student tickets at $15 are available at the Juilliard Box Office only.
Jeffrey Milarsky conducts four world premieres by Juilliard student composers on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Milarsky has led this showcase of Juilliard composers’ best work since 1991 when the concerts included chamber works as well as orchestral pieces on the program. The compositions are selected by two outside judges who are respected professional composers and whose identity is kept confidential. They select four winning works from the 10-15 scores that they receive. The winners are then chosen for this annual Juilliard Orchestra concert, led by Mr. Milarsky.
Tickets for the Juilliard Orchestra’s April 28, 2015 concert with Jeffrey Milarsky at $30 will be available online at events.juilliard.edu, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Student tickets at $15 are available only at the Alice Tully Box Office.
Alan Gilbert, director of conducting and orchestral studies at Juilliard, music director of the New York Philharmonic, and an alumnus of the School, conducts the traditional Juilliard Commencement Concert on Thursday, May 21, 2015, the night before Juilliard’s 110th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2015. This will be Mr. Gilbert’s only appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra this season. The program features Strauss’ first important work, Don Juan, Op. 20, whose inspiration for Don Juan came from Nikolaus Lenau’s German verse play (left unfinished at his death) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92.
Tickets are limited for the Juilliard Orchestra Commencement Concert on May 21, 2015 with Alan Gilbert.
Guest Conductors - Bios
Edward Gardner began his tenure as music director of the English National Opera in May 2007 with a critically-acclaimed new production of Britten’s Death in Venice. In recognition of his talent and commitment, Mr. Gardner received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2008 for Best Conductor and in 2009, the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. In June 2012, he was awarded an OBE for his Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honors. Equally successful as an opera conductor outside the ENO, Mr. Gardner received immediate invitations from the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala after his debut appearances of Carmen and Britten’s Death in Venice. In October 2015, he will take up his new appointment as chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra leading their 250th anniversary gala concert. He became their principal guest conductor in August 2013 and has projects planned including recordings on Chandos and touring. Mr. Gardner was educated at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied under the instruction of Colin Metters.
Alan Gilbert is director of conducting and orchestral studies at Juilliard and holds the William Schuman Chair in Music Studies. He is music director of the New York Philharmonic, the first native New Yorker in the post. He and the Philharmonic have introduced the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence; CONTACT!, the new music series; and the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, which began this past spring 2014. In the 2013-14 season, Mr. Gilbert conducted Mozart’s three final symphonies; the U.S. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Frieze coupled with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; world premieres; an all-Britten program celebrating the composer’s centennial; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey as the film was screened; and a staged production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. He continues the Nielsen Project – the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer’s symphonies and concerti, the first release of which was named by The New York Times as among the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012 – and presided over the Asia/Winter 2014 tour.
Fabio Luisi currently serves as principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and general music director of the Zurich Opera. He recently concluded his tenure as chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony, where he was honored with the Orchestra’s Golden Bruckner Medal and Golden Bruckner Ring. Highlights of his 2013-14 season included Met Opera productions of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Rossini’s comedy, La Cenerentola, starring Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, and Luca Pisaroni, and transmitted live to movie theaters around the world in the Met’s celebrated Live in HD series. In his season at the helm of the Zurich Opera, he premiered important new treatments of Beethoven’s Fidelio and Verdi’s Aida and conducted revivals of Bellini’s La straniera, Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffman, and Verdi’s Don Carlo with René Pape, which was also the vehicle for the conductor’s return to the Teatro alla Scala. Mr. Luisi also led five orchestral programs in 2013-14 with the Philharmonia Zurich, made his long-awaited London Symphony Orchestra debut, and returned to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Jeffrey Milarsky is a leading conductor of contemporary music in New York City and a member of Juilliard’s conducting faculty. He has been the music director of AXIOM at Juilliard since 2005. Known for innovative programming and a wide-ranging repertoire from Bach to Xenakis, he has premiered and recorded works worldwide by contemporary composers, and led such groups as the San Francisco Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, MET Chamber Ensemble, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic chamber music series. In the United States and abroad, Mr. Milarsky has premiered and recorded works by groundbreaking contemporary composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Fred Lerdahl, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Gerard Grisey, Jonathan Dawe, Tristan Murail, Ralph Shapey, Luigi Nono, Mario Davidovsky, and Wolfgang Rihm. In 2015, Mr. Milarsky will make his New York Philharmonic debut conducting the CONTACT! series, a Japanese-based program featuring music by Takemitsu, Messiaen, Fujikura, and Mochizuki. He also will be returning to the Milwaukee Symphony to conduct in the 2014-15 season.
Tadaaki Otaka is conductor of the NHK, Tokyo, and Sapporo Symphony orchestras and conductor laureate of BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He became artistic director at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, in 2010, where he was both the artistic consultant and acting artistic director. Mr. Otaka is also music adviser and principal conductor of the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, which he founded in 1995 and swiftly established as among Japan’s best chamber ensemble and was made its honorary conductor laureate in 2003. He served as principal guest conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from 2009-12. Highlights of his 2013-14 season included a special project with BBC NOW featuring pianist John Lill in his 70th birthday year and his debut with Orchestre National d’Ile de France, as well as many varied programs with his Japanese orchestras. In 2012, he conducted Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast at the BBC Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and recently toured with the NHK Symphony to China to commemorate 40 years of the normalization of diplomatic ties between the two nations. In recognition of his outstanding services to music in the U.K., Tadaaki Otaka received an honorary CBE and is also holder of the Suntory Medal, the highest musical award in his native Japan. He was conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra for twenty years, and in 1987, he was made music director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, before becoming their conductor laureate in 1996. His discography includes the complete Rachmaninoff Symphonies and piano concertos, a Glazunov symphony cycle, Britten’s Peter Grimes, and many contemporary scores.
Peter Oundjian is celebrating his first season as music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. His inaugural season included concerts in and around Scotland and a tour to China, culminating in his debut at the BBC Proms, and a concert at the Edinburgh International Festival. Alongside this position, he has been music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2004 and has been an integral part of the rebirth of the orchestra. He has created the annual Mozart Festival, as well as the hugely successful New Creations Festival celebrating the best in contemporary orchestral music, as well as showcasing and premiering commissioned works. His previous positions include principal guest conductor and artistic advisor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest conductor and future engagements include concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic orchestras, as well as the Orchestre de Paris, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Originally trained as a violinist, Toronto-born Peter Oundjian was educated in England, attending the Royal College of Music in London before studying at Juilliard. He was the longest-serving first violinist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, a position he held for fourteen years. He just completed his 32nd year as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Music. In May 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Conservatory.
Larry Rachleff, entering his 14th season as music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, is holder of the Walter Kris Hubert Chair at Rice University. As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, he has collaborated with leading composers including Samuel Adler, the late Luciano Berio, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty, and John Harbison, among others. He has conducted and presented master classes all over the world, including at Juilliard, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Zurich Hochschule, the Sydney and Queensland, Australia conservatories, the New England Conservatory, and Royal Northern College in the UK. During his career, Mr. Rachleff has also been music director of the San Antonio Symphony. In 1993 he was selected as one of four American conductors to lead the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under the mentorship of Pierre Boulez.
David Robertson has established himself as one of today’s most sought-after American conductors. A passionate and compelling communicator with an extensive orchestral and operatic repertoire, he has forged close relationships with major orchestras around the world through his exhilarating music-making and stimulating ideas. He enters his 10th season as music director of the 135-year-old St. Louis Symphony. In January 2014, Mr. Robertson assumed the post of chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia. Highlights of his 2013-14 season with St. Louis included a return to Carnegie Hall on the centennial of Benjamin Britten’s birth to perform the opera, Peter Grimes, and the recording of a St. Louis co-commission, John Adams’ Concerto for Saxophone. Nonesuch Records is releasing the disc featuring the concerto, along with the Orchestra’s performance of Adams’ City Noir, in 2014. Also, in 2013-14, Mr. Robertson launched his first year at the helm of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and he conducted the U.S. premiere of Juilliard alumnus Nico Muhly’s Two Boys in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera. He also appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony. With more than 50 operas in his repertoire, Mr. Robertson has appeared on the world’s most prestigious opera houses. A champion of young musicians, David Robertson has devoted time to working with students and young artists throughout his career. He has received numerous awards and most recently was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Born in Santa Monica, California, Mr. Robertson was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he studied horn and composition before turning to orchestral conducting.
Speranza Scappucci is rapidly making her mark as one of the most versatile and dynamic new conductors on the international scene. In 2013 she conducted, with great acclaim, I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Yale Opera after her success the previous year with Così fan tutte and led a staged and choreographed version of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the prestigious Glimmerglass Opera Festival. She opened Scottish Opera’s 2013-14 season in her UK debut with a new production of Don Giovanni directed by Sir Thomas Allen. Current and upcoming engagements for the Rome-born conductor include Don Giovanni at Finnish National Opera, La Traviata at the Macerata Opera Festival 2014, Norma at Teatro Sao Carlos Lisbon, Rossini’s L’Equicovo Stravagante in her Spanish debut at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. In 2015, she will conduct a Rossini title at the Washington Opera and make her Santa Fe Opera debut with a new production of La Fille Du Regiment. Other recent conducting engagements include the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Concertgebouw, and Orchestra Regionale della Toscana in Florence. She is a graduate of Juilliard and the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome. Ms. Scappucci, a pianist, has also been an active accompanist and has played at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.
Mark Shapiro is music director of the Prince Edward Island Symphony and The Cecilia Chorus of New York and artistic director of Cantori New York. His performances in Carnegie Hall with The Cecilia Chorus of New York have included works by Handel, Lauridsen, Mozart, Verdi, and David Randolph. With Cantori New York, he has conducted national, local and world premieres by an impressive roster of international composers. Mr. Shapiro is one of a handful of artistic leaders in North America to have won a prestigious ASCAP programming award four times, achieving this unique distinction of winning this award with more than one ensemble. He enjoys working in opera and with orchestras, as well as choruses. At Juilliard, Mr. Shapiro conducted Poulenc’s comic opera, Les mamelles de Tirésias in 2010.
A frequent guest conductor at Juilliard, Emmanuel Villaume has led captivating performances with the most prominent opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. Recently announced as the new music director of The Dallas Opera, Mr. Villaume opened their season with the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production of Carmen. Villaume’s 2013-14 season included much-anticipated performances of Manon at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and L’Africaine at the Teatro La Fenice. He led a concert with Royal Opera House Muscat in March of 2014, and returns throughout the season to conduct performances for the Slovakian Philharmonic Orchestra in Bratislava and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Ljubljana. Mr. Villaume has performed with the Metropolitan Opera for Madama Butterfly, Samson et Dalila, and Carmen; Lyric Opera of Chicago for Manon and La bohéme; the San Francisco Opera for Madama Butterfly and Werther; and with the Los Angeles Opera for Les Contes d’Hoffmann, La Rondine, and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein.
Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has established an enviable reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, orchestras, and festivals throughout North America. He debuted with the New York Philharmonic in 2012 conducting Handel’s Messiah and returned in 2013-14 for the same work. A frequent guest of Seattle Opera, some of his recent successes there include the double bill of Poulenc’s La voix humaine and Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Gluck’s Orphée, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Recently, Mr. Wedow conducted The Magic Flute with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the world premiere of Paul Richards and Wendy Steiner’s Biennale at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and Messiah for the Seattle Symphony. He also conducted Don Pasquale for Arizona Opera; Abduction from the Seraglio for Utah Opera; and Don Giovanni for Seattle Opera. Mr. Wedow has appeared regularly with Wolf Trap Opera and The Berkshire Choral Festival, most recently for the Haydn Missa in tempore belli in Salzburg. He has been a member of Juilliard’s faculty since 1994 and has led performances there of L’incoronazione di Poppea, La finta giardiniera, and Ariodante, and most recently Don Giovanni.
David Zinman just finished his final season as music director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. He has conducted all the leading North American orchestras, including Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and New York Philharmonic orchestras. His European engagements have included the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, London Symphony, and Philharmonia orchestras, as well as the hr-Sinfonieorchester Münchner Philharmoniker, and WDR Sinfonieorchester. A highlight of Mr. Zinman’s final season with the Tonhalle-Orchester was a tour to Japan in spring 2014; this follows his successful return last season to the NHK Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has a regular relationship. He also continues his regular relationship with the New York Philharmonic, where he appears each season and also appears with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.
About the Juilliard Orchestra
Known for its versatility and vitality, the Juilliard Orchestra performs to consistently good reviews and consistently full houses in almost a dozen New York City appearances each season, and as a strong partner to Juilliard’s operatic and dance performances. Led by a roster of esteemed guest conductors and distinguished faculty, the Juilliard Orchestra performs in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher halls, legendary Carnegie Hall, and the School’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater within Juilliard’s own Lincoln Center location. Most orchestral evenings also feature a concerto performance by a Juilliard instrumentalist; major works for orchestra and voice are frequently programmed as well, and each season, one concert is dedicated to the performance of selected world premiere orchestral works submitted by Juilliard composers. The Juilliard Orchestra has toured across the United States, and to Europe, South America, and Asia, where they were the first Western conservatory ensemble allowed to visit and perform at the opening up of the People's Republic of China in 1987, and returning two decades later, in 2008.
The 2013-14 season saw the first appearances of conductors Hans Graf and Vladimir Jurowski with the Orchestra, and return appearances by Anne Manson, Nicholas McGegan, Jeffrey Milarsky, Matthias Pintscher, and Larry Rachleff. The 2013-14 season also included collaborations with James Levine in a Met Opera/Juilliard Concert of Comic Operas, Emmanuel Villaume in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and Matthew Aucoin conducting Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
Highlights of the 2012-13 season included Alan Gilbert conducting the Met Opera/Juilliard co-production of Così fan tutte, faculty member Itzhak Perlman conducting the Juilliard Orchestra for the first time, and alumna Marin Alsop in a concert celebrating American composer and Juilliard faculty member John Corigliano’s 75th birthday at Carnegie Hall. Other guest conductors during the 2012-13 season included Semyon Bychkov, Jeffrey Kahane, and alumnus Leonard Slatkin.
Additional highlights of the Juilliard Orchestra:
2011-12 – the November 2011 Western Hemisphere premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera, Kommilitonen!, a tale of 20th century youthful rebellions co-commissioned by Juilliard with the Royal Academy of Music, conducted by Anne Manson in a highly-praised series; Esa-Pekka Salonen, in his only New York appearance of the season leading works by Sibelius and Beethoven; two appearances by the Juilliard Orchestra with the Royal Academy of Music Orchestra at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York and the BBC Proms in London, performing John Adams’ City Noir, with the composer conducting; noted specialist Jane Glover leading a notable Met/Juilliard performance of Gluck’s Armide; several guest conductors leading the Juilliard Orchestra for the first time, including David Afkham, Jeffrey Kahane, Jayce Ogren, and Matthias Pintscher, plus returning conductors Emmanuel Villaume and Alan Gilbert, who soon after became Juilliard’s director of conducting and orchestral studies.
2010-11 – Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading an outstanding program of Prokofiev and Ravel with the Juilliard Orchestra prior to becoming music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra; James Levine conducting the very first Met/Juilliard production, and leading the Juilliard Orchestra in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride; collaborating with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Orchestra in a joint concert led by James DePreist and Imre Palló.
2009-10 – The Juilliard Orchestra joining Carnegie Hall’s Ancient Paths, Modern Voices festival celebrating Chinese culture, performing the world premieres of Chen Qigang’s Er Huang and Augusta Read Thomas’ Jubilee; performances led by guest conductors Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Tan Dun, Leonard Slatkin, Alan Gilbert, and Xian Zhang, who had recently led the orchestra on their return tour to China.