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Mei-Ann Chen

  • Brahms & Khachaturian

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George Daugherty

  • The Nutcracker

Conductor George Daugherty is one of the classical music world's most diverse artists.   In addition to his 40-year conducting career which has included appearances with the world's leading orchestras, ballet companies, opera houses, and co... Click here for complete biography

Alasdair Neale

  • Enigma Variations & Alma Deutscher

Alasdair Neale is currently Music Director of the Marin Symphony; Music Director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony; and Principal Guest Conductor of the New World Symphony and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.... Click here for complete biography

John Nelson

  • Schumann's Cello Concerto
  • The Creation

The distinguished conductor John Nelson is internationally renowned for his interpretation of large Romantic works including the great works of Berlioz. Central to John Nelson’s work is the great sacred choral literature. John Nelson hold... Click here for complete biography

Paul Polivnick

  • Opening Night: Beethoven's 7th

Paul Polivnick has been one of our most consistent guests on the podium due in large part to the wide range of materials at which he excels. He has brought four world premieres to our audiences, including SCENES by Jon Magnussen in our very firs... Click here for complete biography

Elena Sharkova

  • Carols in the California

Russian-American conductor Elena Sharkova is recognized nationally and internationally as an inspirational, versatile, and effective conductor, choral clinician, music educator, and lecturer. She has conducted professional, university, youth, and com... Click here for complete biography

Tatsuya Shimono

  • Tchaikovsky: A Celebration

Born in Kagoshima in 1969, Tatsuya Shimono cemented his international reputation as a conductor by winning First Prize at the 47th Besançon International Competition in 2001. Since then he has guest conducted major orchestras in Japan and a... Click here for complete biography

Carlos Vieu

  • Nakamatsu, Beethoven, & Pines of Rome

Carlos Vieu graduated from La Plata National University in his native Argentina, where he studied conducting with Guillermo Scarabino.  After receiving a scholarship from the Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), he went to Venezuela ... Click here for complete biography

Rui Zhang

  • Patch the Sky

Maestro Rui Zhang began his conducting career at the age of 19. In 1978 he was accepted at Shanghai Conservatory of Music to study conducting.

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