Alasdair Neale, Conductor
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.
Mr. Neale previously spent 12 years as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. During that time he conducted both orchestras in hundreds of critically acclaimed concerts. In 1999, he conducted San Francisco in Mahler's Fifth Symphony in Germany.
In his fifteen years as Music Director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho, Mr. Neale has propelled this festival to national status: it is now the largest privately funded free admission symphony in America.
In 2002, Mr. Neale collaborated with director Peter Sellars and composer John Adams to open the Adelaide Festival with a successful production of the opera El Niño. In April 1994, He conducted the San Francisco Symphony in the world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis' Colored Field, featuring English horn player Julie Ann Giacobassi, which he then recorded for Argo/Decca. That recording was honored with the Diapason d'or award, conferred by the French music publication Diapason harmonie. In addition to this San Francisco Symphony recording, he can also be heard on New World Records conducting the ensemble Solisti New York in a recording of new flute concertos. During his years with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra he made a number of recordings, including Mahler's Fifth Symphony, Rachmaninov's Second Symphony and Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra.
Alasdair Neale maintains an active guest-conducting schedule, both nationally and
internationally, including engagements with most of America’s major orchestras and several European ensembles. In 1993, the American Symphony Orchestra League named him a Leonard Bernstein American Conducting Fellow, and he led the New Jersey Symphony in a concert at the League's annual conference.
Alasdair Neale holds a Bachelor's degree from Cambridge University and a Master's from Yale University, where his principal teacher was Otto-Werner Mueller.