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David Amado

  • Beethoven & Schumann

David Amado is the newly appointed Music Director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and the Associate Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra where he is in his third season.  Amado was previously the Assistant Conductor of the Saint ... Click here for complete biography

Peter Jaffe

  • Fourth of July Symphony Summer Pops

Peter Jaffe is delighted to be returning to Symphony Silicon Valley, having appeared frequently as a guest conductor for SSV’s education and summer pops programs. He has served as the Stockton Symphony’s dynamic music dir... Click here for complete biography

John Jesensky

  • The Godfather Live in Concert

John Ross Jesensky is a composer and screenwriter currently living in Los Angeles. John received a Bachelors of Music in Composition from the Hartt School of Music, where he studied with such composers as Stephen Gryc, David Macbride, Larry Alan Smit... Click here for complete biography

Constantine Kitsopoulos

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark Live in Concert
  • Carnival of the Animals & Mozart Requiem

Constantine Kitsopoulos has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera and symphony, where he conducts in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Royal Albert Hall... Click here for complete biography

John Nelson

  • Dvořák
  • Lynn Harrell, Berlioz & Brahms
  • Beethoven's Pastoral & Scheherazade

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

  • Bernstein & Firebird
  • Pictures at an Exhibition & Fauré's Requiem
  • Something New & Fancy Free

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
  • Music of the Great Cathedrals

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

  • Schubert, Bruch, & Hindemith
  • Bach & Mahler

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

Edvard Tchivzhel

  • Grand Old Russia

The Early Years in the USSR... Click here for complete biography

Gregory Vajda

  • Prokofiev & Sinfonietta

Hailed as a “young titan” by the Montreal Gazette after conducting the Montreal Symphony in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung, Gregory Vajda has fast become one of the most sought-a... Click here for complete biography

Carlos Vieu

  • Three-Cornered Hat
  • Misa Tango

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

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