Musician Bios

The Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra are performers, teachers, artists, parents, grandparents, volunteers, community leaders, neighbors and friends. Meet them here!


Fabio Luisi

Music Director Designate
Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship

GRAMMY® Award-winner Fabio Luisi looks forward to launching his tenure as Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in the 2020/21 season. A maestro of major international standing, the Italian conductor is currently embarking on his eighth season as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera and his fourth as Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. He previously served for six seasons as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera.

As Music Director Designate of the DSO, Luisi joins the orchestra for five programs this season. Highlights include concert performances of Richard Strauss’s opera Salome and monumental Alpine Symphony, the Dallas premieres of Fountain of Youth by DSO composer-in-residence Julia Wolfe and Aureole by Augusta Read Thomas, and accounts of Franz Schmidt’s The Book with Seven Seals (Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln), a work Luisi has recorded and consistently championed, during the orchestra’s SOLUNA Festival. The conductor also undertakes concerto collaborations with Cliburn prizewinner Beatrice Rana and DSO Artist-in-Residence James Ehnes, and leads performances of Brahms’s Second Symphony for future release in a complete Brahms symphonic cycle on the orchestra’s DSO Live label. READ FULL BIO

(photo: Monika Rittershaus)

Gemma New

Principal Guest Conductor
Dolores G. & Lawrence S. Barzune, M.D. Chair

Sought after for her insightful interpretations and dynamic presence, Gemma New’s work as Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic has been committed to deepening the artistic level of the orchestra and expanding its reach into the community. She recently launched the HPO’s first Intimate and Immersive (I & I) concert series, creating a “closer-to-the-music“ atmosphere by combining treasures of the orchestra canon and contemporary music, electronic indie music, lighting and visual art installations. The 2018/19 HPO MainStage and I & I series present wide-ranging repertoire including works by core orchestral masters such as Beethoven and Mahler, and extending through some of today's most exciting living composers such as Zosha di Castri, José Evangelista, Salina Fisher and Kevin Lau. 

As Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, New opened the 2018/19 subscription season with Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and returns to the podium for a second subscription week later in the season to lead a program featuring works by Thomas Adès, Mozart and Richard Strauss. New also continues her tenure as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, now in its 49th season nurturing over 100 of St. Louis’s finest young musicians. 


Jeff Tyzik

Principal Pops Conductor
Dot & Paul Mason Podium

GRAMMY Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America's most innovative and sought after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. This is the 6th season that Tyzik has held The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor's Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Detroit Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. This season, Tyzik will celebrate his 25th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Frequently invited as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with over fifty orchestras including the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. 


Katharina Wincor

Assistant Conductor
Marena and Roger Gault Chair

Austrian conductor Katharina Wincor, recipient of the Neeme Järvi Prize at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in 2017, was born in 1995 and trained as a pianist and oboist while attending the Senior High School of Music, Linz (Austria). She studied composition at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz from 2009 to 2014. 

In 2017, she was invited by Riccardo Muti to be the youngest of five participants at his Italian Opera Academy, and in 2018 she was invited as the youngest competitor of the world-renowned Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition in London. Wincor is currently preparing to conduct Tonhalle Orchester Zürich in a masterclass with David Zinman and attend the Aspen Music Festival and School as a Conducting Fellow in summer of 2019.

Recent notable projects include working as the Assistant Chorus Master for Arnold Schoenberg Choir Vienna from 2016 to 2018 and assisting Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla at the Salzburg State Theatre.

In masterclasses, competitions and concerts, Wincor has conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, MDW Chamber Orchestra Vienna, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Meininger Hofkapelle and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Since 2014, Wincor has studied Orchestral Conducting in Vienna at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Professor Mark Stringer, and was invited to study as an exchange student at the Franz Liszt Weimar School of Music for the 2017/18 school year. She is currently continuing her studies at the Zurich University of the Arts with Professor Johannes Schlaefli. Wincor has participated in masterclasses with Marin Alsop, Bernard Haitink and Jaap van Zweden.

In 2012, Wincor founded her own choir, Bunte Steine, which has won national and international competitions, and with whom she works regularly.

Joshua Habermann

Chorus Director
Jean D. Wilson Chair

The 2018/19 season marks Joshua Habermann’s eighth year as Chorus Director in the Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Habermann is also in his tenth season as Artistic Director of The Desert Chorale, a nationally-acclaimed professional chamber choir based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. READ FULL BIO



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Jeanne R. Johnson Piano Chair


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