Joe Stepec

Joseph Stepec is the Music Director of the University of Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra (UHSO). In that role he has given concerts collaborating with various ensembles throughout Hawaiʻi including the United States Marine Band in a performance of Respighiʻs Pines of Rome; he has also collaborated with orchestras nationally, most recently, a joint performance of Poulencʻs Gloria with the Weber.. read more →

Naoto Otomo

Graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music. Studied under Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tadaaki Otaka and Morihiro Okabe. While still being a student of the Toho Gakuen, he entered NHK Symphony Orchestra and had his debut with the orchestra at 22. Now Otomo is a Honorary Guest Conductor of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, conductor laureate of.. read more →

Jun Märkl

Jun Märkl is a highly-respected interpreter of both symphonic and operatic Germanic repertoire, and also for his idiomatic explorations of the French impressionists. His long-standing relationships at the state operas of Vienna, Berlin, Munich and Semperoper Dresden have been complemented by his directorships of the Nationaltheater Mannheim (1994-2000), Orchestre National de Lyon (2005-11), MDR Symphony.. read more →

Rune Bergmann

An energetic and compelling figure on the podium, Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann is a dynamic, versatile conductor with an extensive classical, romantic, operatic and contemporary repertoire.  Considered among today’s most talented young Scandinavian conductors, his elegant interpretations and reputation as an inspiring and profound musician continue to attract the attention of orchestras throughout the world… read more →

Jeffrey Kahane

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. Mr. Kahane appears as soloist with major orchestras.. read more →

JoAnn Falletta

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 Hawai’i 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.. read more →

Keitaro Harada

Conductor Keitaro Harada maintains a blossoming, international presence throughout North America, Asia, Mexico, and Europe. He places high personal value on the advancement of each musician and ensemble he encounters, music’s contribution to a community’s greater cultural fabric, and the ultimate realization of a musical work through thoughtful study and collaborative performance. With ebullient charisma, proven artistic.. read more →

Carlos Miguel Prieto

Carlos Miguel Prieto was born into a musical family of Spanish and French descent in Mexico City. His charismatic conducting is characterized by its dynamism and the expressivity of his interpretations. Prieto is recognized as a highly influential cultural leader and is the foremost Mexican conductor of his generation. He has been the Music Director.. read more →

Michael Stern

Conductor Michael Stern is Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony and Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the IRIS Orchestra. Michael Stern and Kansas City have been hailed for their remarkable artistic ascent, original programming, organizational development and stability, and the extraordinary growth of its varied audiences since his tenure began. Stern and.. read more →

When Music Comes Full Circle: Interview with Maestro Michael Stern

Sometimes a passion doesn’t become a passion until it surfaces in a more abstract way. And that’s how it happened for Maestro Michael Stern. Stern grew up in a musical household, asking for his first violin a few months shy of his fourth birthday. But even with this engagement and passion, he felt convinced that.. read more →