Thomas Conlin, conductor
Conductor Thomas Conlin's performances in America and abroad have generated great enthusiasm. The New York Times calls his leadership "brilliant" and Opera News "passionate," reporting that he "conducted with a beat so clear that he must have brought joy and confidence to his singers and instrumentalists."
Maestro Conlin is a frequent guest conductor with opera companies, ballet companies and symphony orchestras on five continents, while serving as Principal Conductor of Toledo Opera. Recent seasons have included performances in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Turkey and throughout the United States. Among the many great instrumentalists who have performed under Conlin's baton are Emanuel Ax, Alicia de Larrocha, Leon Fleisher, James Galway, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Isaac Stern.
Thomas Conlin conducts the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and soloists in George Crumb's Star-Child on a CD which won the 2001 Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition." His recording of Crumb's A Haunted Landscape, also with the Warsaw Philharmonic, was nominated for an Indie Award in the category "Best Orchestral Recording." The third CD in the series, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Echoes of Time and the River was released last season to critical acclaim. His music video, Symphonic Wonderworks, won First Prize at the 1992 Houston International Film Festival and was a finalist for a Telly Award. For Bridge Records Conlin is recording all the works of George Gershwin, and for Naxos the six piano concertos by Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri.
Conlin has collaborated with many of the world's greatest voices, including Kathleen Battle, Maureen Forrester, Marilyn Horne, Cornell MacNeil, Robert Merrill, Sherrill Milnes, Roberta Peters, Giorgio Tozzi and Frederica von Stade, in opera and concert.
While a student at Johns Hopkins University, Conlin served as Artistic Director of the Chamber Opera Society of Baltimore, where he prepared and presented the American premiere of Mozart's early masterpiece, Lucio Silla. His performing edition has been heard at San Francisco Opera and New York's Mostly Mozart Festival.
Offstage Maestro Conlin is equally effective in the behind-the-scenes role of Artistic Director. The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra has conferred upon him the lifetime title Conductor Laureate, in recognition for his outstanding leadership. Conlin's principal teachers were Leonard Bernstein, Sir Adrian Boult, Boris Goldovsky, Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf and Richard Lert, and he has assisted with Metropolitan Opera productions under Leinsdorf, Herbert von Karajan, and Karl Bohm. His repertory includes compositions of all styles and periods, with an emphasis on music of our time. Conlin has commissioned, presented and recorded numerous world and national premieres of works by American composers.