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Previous Podium Talk sessions are posted below. 


Topic:  Iván Fischer  - International Conductors Guild
Date:  November 10, 2021  9:00 AM Eastern Time

Iván Fischer is the founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, as well as the Music Director of the Konzerthaus and Konzerthausorchester Berlin. In recent years he has also gained a reputation as a composer, with his works being performed in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Germany and Austria. What is more, he has directed a number of successful opera productions.

The BFO’s frequent worldwide tours, and a series of critically-acclaimed and fast-selling records released first by Philips Classics and later by Channel Classics, have contributed to Iván Fischer’s reputation as one of the world’s most high-profile music directors. The Berlin Philharmonic has played more than ten times under Fischer’s baton, and he also spends two weeks every year with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He is also a frequent guest of the leading US symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a Music Director, he has led the Kent Opera and the Opéra National de Lyon, and was Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. Many of his recordings have been awarded prestigious international prizes. He studied piano, violin, and later the cello and composition in Budapest, before continuing his education in Vienna where he studied Conducting under Hans Swarowsky. Iván Fischer is a founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society and Patron of the British Kodály Academy, Honorary Citizen of Budapest. He has received the Golden Medal Award from the President of the Republic of Hungary, and the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum for his services in promoting international cultural relations. The government of the French Republic made him Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2006 he was honoured with the Kossuth Prize, Hungary’s most prestigious arts award. In 2011 he received the Royal Philharmonic

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Topic: Giancarlo Guerrero - International Conductors Guild 
Date: June 24, 2020 12:47 PM Eastern Time 

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 Giancarlo Guerrero is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor now in his eleventh season as   Music Director of the Nashville Symphony. Guerrero is also Music Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic at   the National   Forum of Music in Poland and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in   Lisbon, Portugal. Guerrero   has been praised for his “charismatic conducting and attention to detail”   (Seattle Times) in “viscerally powerful   performances” (Boston Globe) that are “at once vigorous,   passionate, and nuanced” (BachTrack).

 As part of his commitment to fostering contemporary music, Guerrero, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis, guided the creation of Nashville Symphony’s biannual Composer Lab & Workshop for young and emerging composers. 

Born in Nicaragua, Guerrero immigrated during his childhood to Costa Rica, where he joined the local youth symphony. He studied percussion and conducting at Baylor University in Texas and earned his master’s degree in conducting at Northwestern. Given his beginnings in civic youth orchestras, Guerrero is particularly engaged with conducting training orchestras and has worked with the Curtis School of Music, Colburn School in Los Angeles, National Youth Orchestra (NYO2) and Yale Philharmonia, as well as with the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando program, which provides an intensive music education to promising young students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. 

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Topic: JoAnn Falletta - Scheherazade - International Conductors Guild
Date: June 22, 2020 12:48 PM Eastern Time 

Faletta Headshot Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the   Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center and Artistic Adviser of the   Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Hailed for having “Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate   balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein”, she is a   leading force for the music of our time.

As Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta became the first woman to lead a major America ensemble. Celebrating her 20th anniversary with the Buffalo Philharmonic this past season, she is credited with bringing the orchestra to a new level of national and international prominence. Her recent and upcoming North American guest conducting includes the National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Milwaukee Symphony; and further north, the Toronto Symphony and Orchestre metropolitain. Internationally, she has conducted many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, and South America. Pending further national and international guidance on the current COVID-19 pandemic, she is looking forward to guest conducting appearances in Canada, Poland, Sweden, and Spain in 2021.

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Topic: International Conductors Guild - Gerard Schwarz
Date: June 3, 2020 02:13 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Internationally recognized for his moving performances, innovative programming and extensive catalogue of recordings, American conductor Gerard Schwarz serves as Music Director of the All-Star Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, Palm Beach Symphony, and Mozart Orchestra of New York and is Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony and Conductor Emeritus of the Mostly Mozart Festival. From the fall of 2019 he assumes the position as Distinguished Professor of Music; Conducting and Orchestral Studies of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Schwarz is a renowned interpreter of 19th century German, Austrian and Russian repertoire, in addition to his noted work with contemporary American composers.

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Topic: Nicholas Cleobury - International Conductors Guild
Date: May 15, 2020 11:48 AM Eastern Time

Nicholas Cleobury

Nicholas Cleobury's experience with orchestras is extensive. In the UK he has conducted all the BBC Orchestras; Bournemouth Symphony; Brighton Philharmonic; Britten Sinfonia (Founder Laureate); City of Birmingham Symphony; City of London Sinfonia; English Chamber Orchestra; English String Orchestra; Guildford Philharmonic; Halle Orchestra; London Mozart Players; London Philharmonic; London Symphony; Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment; Orchestra of the Swan (Associate Director); Northern Sinfonia; Oxford Philomusica; Philharmonia; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Royal Philharmonic; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; RTE Symphony Orchestra, Dublin; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; SouthBank Sinfonia and Ulster Orchestra.






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 Topic: International Conductors Guild - Leonard Slatkin
Date: May 6, 2020 05:46 PM Central Time

Leonard Slatkin

Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Directeur Musical Honoraire of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), and Conductor Laureate of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting throughout the world and is active as a composer, author, and educator.



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