Paul Haas, conductor
"The young conductor Paul Haas was all about fresh thinking and visceral engagement. His music-making… revealed a keen musical mind and an impressive feeling for the natural pulse and trajectory of a score... Haas's sensitivity to rhythmic and dynamic gradation, and his ability to marry heartfelt expression with disciplined playing from the NSO...would have been impressive in a conductor three times his age. If this concert was an accurate barometer of his talents, Haas is headed for a significant podium career."In addition to his orchestral engagements, Paul Haas is the founder and
artistic director of Sympho, a groundbreaking concert production company.
Sympho's first concert, REWIND, is a revolutionary visual and sonic
experience that has been lauded by critics. "REWIND Refits the Classical
Experience for a New Century," blared the New York Times headline.
"Something momentous has occurred," raved the San Francisco Chronicle. And
Symphony Magazine declared, "Something important was happening, something
with emotional stakes." Sympho's second concert, TRACES, premiered in New
York City in March 2008.
Mr. Haas maintains an active role in the contemporary music scene, having
commissioned dozens of new works, including one for every concert he
conducted as Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony as part of its
ASCAP Award-winning "First Music" program. His numerous television and
radio appearances include features on a "CBS Sunday Morning" special entitled "American Maestro" and the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase on New York's WQXR. Mr. Haas and the New York Youth Symphony were awarded the ASCAP-American Symphony Orchestra League Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming, the first time that coveted award has ever been presented to a youth orchestra. Haas will be a featured guest conductor with the Berkeley Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, the Sioux City Symphony and Symphony Silicon Valley in 2008-'09, and will perform in special engagements with the violinist, Daniel Bernard Romain.
Paul Haas is a graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, where
he studied conducting as a Bruno Walter Fellow with Otto-Werner Mueller.