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Guest Artists 2020

Robert Spano


Conductor, pianist, composer, and teacher Robert Spano is known worldwide both as an impeccable artist and as a leader who fosters inclusion and warmth among musicians and audiences. This season marks Spano’s 19th as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and his first as Principal Guest Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated mentor, Spano is responsible for nurturing the careers of numerous celebrated composers, conductors, and performers. He has served as Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2011.

Highlights of Spano’s 2019-2020 season include a return to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to conduct the world premiere of George Tsontakis’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony. Spano also returns to the Indianapolis Symphony, Singapore Symphony, and BBC Symphony Orchestra. He makes conducting debuts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, and Wroclaw Philharmonic, and appears in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Symphonic Series.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 75th season features 16 ASO premieres, including works by living American composers Krists Auznieks, Jessie Montgomery, Joby Talbot, and Jennifer Higdon, and world premieres by Richard Prior and Brian Nabors. The season opens as Joshua Bell joins the ASO for Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen. In April of 2020, the ASO and Chorus travel to Carnegie Hall to perform Missa solemnis with soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Benjamin Bliss, and bass Matthew Rose in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. The season concludes with the Atlanta premiere of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

Spano has won six Grammy™ Awards with the Atlanta Symphony. He is one of two classical musicians inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and he makes his home in Atlanta.

You can see Robert in action at The New Zealand Herald Premier Series - Cityscapes on Thursday 5 March.




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