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The Solti Foundation U.S. announces 2018 Career Assistance Awards

Penny Van Horn, Board Chair of The Solti Foundation U.S. and Elizabeth Buccheri, Artistic and Awards Committee Chair, today announced the names of the eight recipients of the 2018 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Awards. The young conductors hold positions throughout the United States, with posts in Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, […]

Roderick Cox Receives 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

Penny Van Horn, Board Chair of The Solti Foundation U.S. and Elizabeth Buccheri, Artistic and Awards Committee Chair, announced today the Foundation’s ninth grant, The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, to Roderick Cox, Associate Conductor of the 114-year old Minnesota Orchestra. The $30,000 grant is the largest grant awarded to […]

Kalia to lead Lake George Music Festival

 Roger Kalia (CAA, ’17), cofounder of the Lake George Music Festival, says conducting the festival every summer is the highlight of his year. “Making music with our world class musicians in such a beautiful and serene environment is not only inspiring but also a thrilling experience as a conductor,” […]

Canellakis to lead Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

When Karina Canellakis (Solti, ’16) looks back over the last few years of her whirlwind career, she sees one moment as a turning point. She was the assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the music director, Jaap van Zweden was suddenly unable to conduct the ensemble. Without a single […]

Trevino wows in unplanned NDR Radio Hannover concert

When director Markus Poschner fell ill before a performance in early May, Robert Trevino (CAA, ’12) stepped in and led the orchestra in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No 2 and Bruckner’s Third Symphony. Despite the challenge, Trevino rose to the occasion, drawing praise from the ensemble and reviewers alike. According to, The […]

Joseph Young named Peabody Institute’s artistic director of ensembles

Joseph Young (CAA, ’15) has been named the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles at the Peabody Institute. An alumni of the Peabody Institute, Young will lead the programming and direction of all Peabody Conservatory instrumental ensembles, according to the Peabody Post. “It is an honor for me to join […]

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra names Kirov music director

Stilian Kirov (CAA, ’16) has been named music director of Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. According to Chicago Classical Review, Kirov was one of five finalists who guest conducted the orchestra as a part of its search. His January performance included works by Rachmaninoff, Ligeti and Kodaly. Kirov is also the music director at Symphony in […]

Ward Stare lends his baton to Mercer University performance

Ward Stare took a break from his post at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Friday to lead a group of Mercer University students in Macon, GA. The concert will include Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 11 in F Major and Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major. The students say they are thrilled to […]