Showcasing up-and-coming conductors in Nashville

Posted on: May 12, 2016

“The Nashville Symphony is helping to play matchmaker this week [with] a national showcase for up-and-coming conductors,” the League of American Orchestras’ 2016 Bruno Walter Conductor Preview, writes Nina Cardona on Wednesday (5/11) at Nashville Public Radio. “Without a whole orchestra, there’s no real way for a conductor to show how well he or she can interpret music and lead an ensemble. That’s where the League of American Orchestras comes in. Every two years or so, the league finds a professional orchestra willing to play host to several promising young conductors. Then hundreds of orchestras (there are roughly 700 in the League) and artist managers are invited to watch … in person. Even more watch video of the performances afterwards. [In 2001] Nashville Symphony music director Giancarlo Guerrero got his big break at the conductor preview…. League president Jesse Rosen says the [NSO’s] musicians are not just skilled, they’re flexible. ‘You don’t want an orchestra to play things the way they’re used to playing, you want them to respond in real time to what each conductor’s doing,’ he says.” A free concert on Wednesday at Schermerhorn Symphony Center featured this year’s conductors: Conner Gray Covington, Roderick Cox, Paul Ghun Kim, Rebecca Miller, and Stefan Sanders.

Posted May 12, 2016

Pictured clockwise from top left: Paul Ghun Kim, Conner Gray Covington, Rebecca Miller, Stefan Sanders, and Roderick Cox, participants in the 2016 Bruno Walter Conductor Preview