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Music Director Designate
Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship
Fabio Luisi was named Music Director Designate of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in June 2018, and he will assume the title of Music Director in the 2020/21 season. Luisi is also General Music Director of the Zurich Opera, Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Designate of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He was Principal Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 2011 to 2017, prior to this he served as Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (2005-2013), General Music Director of the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Saxon State Opera (2007-2010), Music Director and Principal Conductor of the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig (1999-2007) and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1997-2002) and of the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna (1995-2000). READ FULL BIO
Jaap van Zweden
Conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the past decade. The 2018-19 season marks his first as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. Guest engagements this season include the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra where he is Conductor Laureate having just completed a ten-year tenure at its helm.
He has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, among them the Royal Concertgebouw, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, Orchestre National de France, and London Symphony Orchestra. READ FULL BIO
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.
Principal Pops Conductor
Dot & Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor's 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.
Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director 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