I actually spent more than 25 years here. My family immigrated to the states in 1978 and settled in Philadelphia where I began my musical studies. Eventually, I attended Temple University and Curtis Institute before beginning my professional career as conductor of the Haverford/Bryn Mawr college orchestra. And now, I return here as cover conductor for the Mann concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This is a most exciting experience for me as I remember back when I first heard the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra live at the Academy of Music in the early 1990’s. I remember how brilliantly inspired and disciplined the orchestra sounded under the baton of then music director Lorin Maazel.
Fast forward 20 some years and now I am an assistant conductor of this world-class orchestra. How amazing is that! We have two concerts at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, which is an outside venue a few minutes drive outside the downtown area. The orchestra will perform 2 different programs this weekend. The first concert features an all Beethoven concert with Maestro Arild Remmereit (newly appointed music director of the Rochester Philharmonic) conducting and Teo Gheorghiu as soloist. Both will be making their Mann center debut. The second will be a pops concert with Maestro Marvin Hamlisch with many of his friends including comedian/actor Martin Short, Brian Stokes Mitchell and special guest Mark Nadler. Can’t wait to greet them all when they get into town!!