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Rei Hotoda

Rei Hotoda began her tenure as assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the 2009-2010 season.  A protégé of acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop, Hotoda has guest-conducted orchestras throughout North America and Europe, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra and the International Contemporary Ensemble.


Now in her her third season with the Dallas Symphony, Hotoda continues to lead the orchestra in a multitude of programs, including the DSO Pops series, Family Concert series, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concert series, DSO Parks concerts and the DSO concerts in Greenville, TX.  She works closely with DSO Music Director Jaap van Zweden and is the cover conductor for his Dallas performances.


Hotoda is currently a finalist for the Music Director positions with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, the Duluth Superior Symphony and ProMusica. She will be guest conducting these orchestras in their 2011-12 seasons.


Her previous positions include assistant conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2009; assistant conductor for the 2005 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California; and assistant conductor of the 2005 Hot Springs Music Festival.  She has conducted numerous artists and touring groups including Van Cliburn silver medalist Joyce Yang, Pink Martini, Isabella Rosselini and Ben Folds.


In 2007, Hotoda recorded Symphony Sessions with Signpost Records, a CD featuring singer Steve Bell and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.  In the fall of 2009, she released two recordings: Apparitions, a solo piano compilation of contemporary Asian composers, and This Will Not Be Televised, featuring members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra performing music by Nicole Lizee under Hotoda's baton.


Hotoda studied conducting with Gustav Meier at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, MD.  She holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Southern California and a bachelor of music in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music.