David Loebel, conductor
“This conductor has lots of drive, enthusiasm and architectural sense.”
The Boston Globe
Noted for performances that combine innate musicality with interpretive insight, David Loebel is Music Director and Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 1999. Prior to taking the podium in Memphis his decade-long association with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra included serving as Associate and then Associate Principal Conductor, as well as Artistic Director of its summer festival, Classics in the Loop. From 1997-1999 he was Conductor-in-Residence of the New World Symphony.
In resent seasons Maestro Loebel’s schedule has included his Opera Theatre of Saint Louis debut conducting Don Pasquale; family concerts at Carnegie Hall with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; and return engagements with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. His critically acclaimed CD, Independence Eve at Grant Park, with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus was released in 1999. Highlights of his 2001-2002 season included his Opera Memphis debut conducting The Magic Flute.
As a guest conductor Maestro Loebel has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also conducted the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Syracuse, and Long Beach; the symphonies of Grand Rapids, North Carolina, Kansas City and Richmond; the philharmonic orchestras of Buffalo and Rochester; the Louisville Orchestra; and the Calgary Philharmonic. Internationally he made his debut in Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and toured Australia to great acclaim leading the Sydney, Adelaide, Queensland, Western Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. He has also conducted the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall’s Pierre Boulez Workshop. Summer festivals at which Mr. Loebel has appeared include the Grant Park Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival and Woodstock Mozart Festival.
An equally articulate communicator off the podium, David Loebel is frequently involved in community outreach activities. He is a popular speaker both on radio and with live audiences and his writings on music have been widely published, including program notes for Telarc recordings.
Mr. Loebel is a recipient of the prestigious Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, given to American conductors considered to be on the threshold of major careers. His ongoing commitment to American composers has been recognized by three ASCAP Awards for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music. Dedicated to fostering young musical talent, Mr. Loebel was music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has conducted the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the National Repertory Orchestra. He has also held the post a various conservatories, including The Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Indiana University. He has served on the faculties of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Conducting Workshop, the Kennedy Center’s National Conducting Institute and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Prior to joining the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1990 Mr. Loebel was Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A native of Cleveland, Mr. Loebel graduated from Northwestern University, which in 2000 honored him with an Alumni Merit Award.
“To think about the music and absorb the composer’s worldæthat’s what I want to do…I became a conductor because I passionately believe that music changes people. You should walk out of a concert a different person than when you came in.”