Neil Varon amerikansk dirigent född 1950

Neil Varon amerikansk dirigent född 1950

Neil Varon studerade piano, komposition och dirigering vid Juillard School i New York. 1972 kom han till Europa, först Operan i Istanbul, Kammeroper Wien och operahusen i Bremen och Nürnberg. 1981 utnämndes han till förste kapellmästare vid Deutsche Oper am Rhein i Düsseldorf och 1987 blev han dirigent för Südwestfälische Philharmonin.

Neil Varon amerikansk dirigent född 1950

1991 blev Neil Varon chefdirigent vid Musikteatern im Revier och den filharmoniska orkestern i Gelsenkirchen. Han har också dirigerat vid ett flertal operahus i Tyskland – som Hamburg, Stuttgart Berlin och vid New York City Opera. Han ledde orkestern vid den tyska premiären av Un Re in Ascolta av Luciano Beria i Düsseldorf och världspremiären av Erinys av Volker David Kirchner i Wuppertal. På Malmö Opera  har han dirigerat Turandot.

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About Neil Varon

Neil Varon, whose conducting career spans 40 years and several continents, joined the Eastman School of Music faculty as professor of conducting and ensembles in 2002. Born in New York in 1950, he studied piano, composition, and orchestral conducting at The Juilliard School. His teachers included Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood and Herbert von Karajan at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Kapellmeister

Neil Varon was the first Kapellmeister of the Deutsche Opera am Rhein in Dusseldorf and served as the music director of the Südwestfälische Philharmonic and the City of Gelsenkirchen, Germany. As a guest conductor, he has conducted at the New York City Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, and Berlin Staatsoper, and continues to conduct throughout Europe and Asia.

Neil Varon directed the German premiere of Un Re in Ascolta by Luciano Berio in Düsseldorf, and the world premiere of Erinys by Volker David Kirchner in Wuppertal. He made his Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra debut in 2011 and is one of the orchestra’s regular conductors.

Varon has worked with such important singers as Renée Fleming, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Lucia Popp, Edita Gruberova, Giuseppe di Stefano, Katia Ricciarelli, Piero Cappuccili, and Astrid Varnay, to name a few. His 1998 performance of Die Fledermaus at Hamilton’s ”Opera Ontario” was broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

A frequent guest in Asia, Varon led the Tokyo Philharmonic in a series of performances of The Magic Flute for the anniversary Mozart Festival in Japan. He conducted the Korean Symphony in Seoul, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo, and the Kyushu Philharmonic in Fukuoka.

In December 2014, Varon led the Daegu Symphony Orchestra and four combined choruses in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the year-end celebratory concert in Daegu, South Korea. In February 2015, he conducted four performances of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro at the Chan Center for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, British Columbia. In June 2016, he led the Sinfonieorchester Aachen in Germany in two performances of Gershwin’s An American in Paris, James Macmillan’s Veni Veni Emmanuel, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1.

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