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Giampaolo Bisanti

  • Pictures at an Exhibition & Fauré's Requiem

Giampaolo Maria Bisanti

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George Cleve

  • Beethoven & Schumann

 George Cleve was born in Vienna and at the age of four moved to New York with his family. He received his musical training at the High School of Music and Art, and the Mannes College of Music, where he studied viola with Paul Doktor, chamber mu... Click here for complete biography

Peter Jaffe

  • Celebrating the Beethoven Center's 30th Anniversary
  • Classic Film Scores

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William Liberatore

  • Broadway: The Great White Way

William Liberatore was Musical Director for many of American Musical Theatre's award-winning productions,and currently serves as Resident Musical Director at TheatreWorks, one of the most acclaimed theater companies in the Bay Area.  Liberatore ... Click here for complete biography

John Nelson

  • Dvořák

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

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

  • Schubert, Bruch, & Hindemith

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

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

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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