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Read the Press about Our 2019/2020 Masterworks Conductors

2019-2020 Masterworks guest conductors
None of our 2019/2020 Masterworks season's seven visitors are strangers to the spotlight, and all have earned tremendous acclaim for their work on the podium. Read on to find out what journalists and classical music critics are saying about our amazing Masterworks guest conductors!

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Gerard Schwarz

conducts Classical Romance, November 8-10, 2019

Gerard Schwarz

After 26 seasons with the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz now serves as its Conductor Laureate. He is also Music Director of the Eastern Music Festival and the All-Star Orchestra, an ensemble that gathers top musicians from orchestras across the United States on one stage. Led by Schwarz’s baton, the All-Star Orchestra’s televised concerts have garnered seven Emmy awards.

Schwarz proves a skilled and efficient conductor ...

The New York Times

... this was a performance in a thousand ...

Seen and Heard International

... thoughtful, intelligent music making ...

Classics Today

JoAnn Falletta

conducts Roman Festivals, December 6-8, 2019

JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta is Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. With 115 recordings and three Grammy awards under her belt, Falletta is championed as one of the first female Music Directors in America.

One of the finest conductors of her generation.

The New York Times

JoAnn Falletta is such a delight … The energy levels and joy she exudes are infectious for all involved.

Classically Hip

One of the brightest stars of symphonic music in America.

Los Angeles Times

Steven Sloane

conducts Mozart & Mahler, January 17-19, 2020

Steven Sloane

Steven Sloane is an American-born conductor who has maintained an active career in Israel and across Europe. He was recently appointed as the new Music Directors of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra as well as Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Malmö Opera, and is General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony in Germany. In the United States, he’s served as the Music Director of the Spoleto Music Festival and the American Composers Orchestra.

Steven Sloane drew pulsing, feisty and textured playing from the orchestra.

The New York Times

Superb … right from the very first notes.



Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung

Ludovic Morlot

conducts Chang Plays Dvořák, January 30-31 and February 1-2, 2020

Ludovic Morlot

After eight seasons as the Seattle Symphony's Music Director, Ludovic Morlot will step into a new appointment as the orchestra's Conductor Emeritus. His recordings with the Seattle Symphony have earned three Grammy awards. A 2001 fellowship with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute paved the way to Morlot’s position as Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2007. He also served as Conductor-in-Residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon.

A vibrant account, with full-bodied string tone, folkloric charm and lots of brio.

The New York Times

Creating ambiance is one of Morlot’s specialties, which he has consistently demonstrated over his years ...


... just the right balance of chiseled precision and evanescent poetry.

New Zealand Herald

Bramwell Tovey

conducts Sounds of Nobility, February 21-23, 2020

Bramwell Tovey

Bramwell Tovey, a Grammy award-winning conductor and composer, is Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of Vancouver Symphony. He works with the Rhode Island Philharmonic as its Artistic Advisor and has appeared with many major orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

Tovey is an unabashed intellectual. He dangles names of composers and philosophers throughout his discussion of polytonal musical construction. But he's also irrepressibly funny.

Canada's National Post

He is the very model of a modern orchestral maestro ... a supremely gifted conductor and music director, a much-published composer, a pianist (classical and jazz) and a dreamer of big projects ...

Montecristo Magazine

A beautiful and committed performance.

Boston Classical Review

Keith Lockhart

conducts Beethoven & Bartók, March 12-15, 2020

Keith Lockhart

Keith Lockhart conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra, where he is the second-longest tenured conductor since its founding in 1885. He also serves as Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and is the Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. Lockhart spent 11 years as Music Director of the Utah Symphony, which he conducted at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

His conducting style is often likened to that of a young Leonard Bernstein.

Los Angeles Times

Lockhart exudes the aura of a man who loves his job

The Daily Free Press

For a classical music fan, it was almost too good to be believed ...

Greenville News

Teddy Abrams

conducts American Impressions, April 3-5, 2020

Teddy Abrams

A pianist, clarinetist, and accomplished composer, Teddy Abrams is the Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra, the Music Director of Britt Classical Festival, and the Resident Conductor of MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest. He advocates for the power of music through cross-disciplinary collaborations with ballet, theater, and visual arts organizations across the nation.

… a greatly gifted musician who appears to be on the verge of a major podium career.

South Florida Classical Review

... powerful authority on the podium ...

Register Guard

... a young talent of renown ...

Broadway World

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