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)

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor Laureate

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


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 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. 


Joshua Habermann

Chorus Director
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



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Staff Keyboard

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, Junior Group and Innovators Chair