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John Mauceri Conductor
Sandy Cameron Violin
RSNO Chorus  



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John Mauceri

John Mauceri Conductor

John Mauceri, world-renowned conductor, educator, and writer, has appeared with the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, on the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood as well as at the most prestigious hall of academia. Mr Mauceri served as music director (direttore stabile) of the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy for three years after completing seven years (22 productions and three recordings) as music director of Scottish Opera and is the first American ever to have held the post of music director of an opera house in either Great Britain or Italy. He was music director of the Washington Opera (The Kennedy Center) as well as Pittsburgh Opera, and was the first music director of American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall after its legendary founding director, Leopold Stokowski, with whom he studied. For fifteen years he served on the faculty of his alma mater Yale University and returned in 2001 to teach and conduct the official concert celebrating the university’s 300th anniversary. In 2016, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Yale Symphony, which he helped to found, with concerts in New Haven and at Carnegie Hall.

For 18 years, Mr Mauceri worked closely with Leonard Bernstein and conducted many of the composer’s premieres at Bernstein’s request. He is the Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which was created for him in 1991 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Breaking all records at the Bowl, he conducted over 300 concerts at the 18,000-seat amphitheater with a total audience of four million people.

For seven years (2006-2013) he served as chancellor of the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts, America’s first public arts conservatory-university. He has conducted at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, all the major London orchestras, as well as l’Orchestre Nationale de France and the Tokyo Philharmonic.

On Broadway, he was co-producer of On Your Toes and served as musical supervisor for Hal Prince’s production of Candide, as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance with Bernadette Peters. He also conducted the orchestra for the film version of Evita.

Deeply committed to preserving two American art forms, the Broadway musical, and Hollywood film scores, he has edited and performed a vast catalogue of restorations and first performances, including a full restoration of the original 1943 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, performing editions of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, Girl Crazy and Strike up the Band, Bernstein’s Candide and A Quiet Place, Blitzstein’s Regina, and film scores by Miklos Rozsa, Franz Waxman, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Steiner, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman and Howard Shore.

As one of two conductors in Decca Records’ award-winning series “Entartete Musik,” Mauceri made a number of historic first recordings of music banned by the Nazis. The intersection of the “degenerate composers” of Europe and the refugee composers of Hollywood is the subject of much of his research and his writings. In addition, Mr Mauceri has conducted significant premieres of works by Verdi, Debussy, Hindemith, Ives, Stockhausen, Blitzstein, and Weill.

In articles, speeches, radio and television appearances, John Mauceri has taken his passion for music and the importance of the arts to audiences throughout the world. These include Harvard University, Yale University, the Smithsonian Institution, the NEA, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Gramophone Magazine, NPR, BBC, PBS, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Huffington Post where he regularly writes a blog.

Mr Mauceri is one of the world’s most accomplished recording artists, having released over 75 audio CDs and is the recipient of Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Edison Klassiek, 3 Emmy Awards, 2 Diapasons d’Or, Cannes Classique, ECHO Klassik, Billboard, and four Deutsche Schallplatten awards. In 1999, Mr Mauceri was chosen as a “Standard-bearer of the Twentieth Century” for WQXR, America’s most listened to classical radio station. According to WQXR, “These are a select number of musical artists who have already established themselves as forces to be reckoned with and who will be the Standard Bearers of the 21st Century’s music scene.” The recipients were chosen for “their visionary talent and technical virtuosity.” In addition, CNN and CNN International chose Mr Mauceri as a “Voice of the Millennium.” Mr Mauceri was recently awarded the Ditson Conductor’s Award for his five decades of commitment to performing and editing American music.

His critically-acclaimed book, Maestros and Their Music – the Art and Alchemy of Conducting, published by Alfred A. Knopf in November 2017, will be released in paperback in November, as well as in Italian, Russian, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese. This year, Mr Mauceri became a nominator for Broadway’s Antoinette Perry (“Tony”) awards and an Associate Fellow of Branford College at Yale University. His recently released recording of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock on Bridge Records has been called “a revelation” and “inspiring” by music critics, and has been chosen by Opera magazine as “Recording of the Month” for November.

Sandy  Cameron

Sandy Cameron Violin

Declared “brilliant” by the Washington Post, violinist Sandy Cameron is one of the most strikingly unique artists of her generation. Since her debut at the age of 12 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Sandy has performed extensively as a soloist throughout the world. Here are some personal highlights of Sandy’s work:

Places: The White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, when the sun would barely set, was one of the first of a number of unique performance experiences Ms. Cameron has had. Another standout was her first time to Australia, performing at the Adelaide Festival of the Arts. Performing in an Olympic stadium in South Korea and bringing world premiere performances to Tokyo have also been very special. Additionally, Ms. Cameron has enjoyed playing in David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany.

Orchestras: The Seattle Symphony and the Kirov Orchestra were the first two great orchestras Ms. Cameron had the privilege of performing with. Since then, collaborations have included the San Diego Symphony, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Projects: The most rewarding experience of Ms. Cameron’s career is Danny Elfman’s Violin Concerto, Eleven Eleven. Danny wrote this concerto for Ms. Cameron, and she had the great pleasure and honour of presenting the world premiere with conductor John Mauceri at the Prague Proms in June 2017. It was received with great success, and they had the luxury of continuing that success in Hamburg at the Elbphilharmonie. She first began working with Mr. Elfman while performing with the Los Angeles based Cirque du Soleil show, Iris, which ran from 2011-2013. Since Cirque, she’s had a number of exciting experiences which include performing Tan Dun’s Martial Arts Trilogy, touring globally with renowned trumpeter-composer Chris Botti, as a featured soloist in Austin Wintory’s score to the video game, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, and a number of featured solo appearances in concert productions such as Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live in Concert, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live in Concert, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Live in Concert, all at the Hollywood Bowl.

The outstanding violin played by Ms. Cameron, crafted by Pietro Guarnerius of Venice, c. 1735, is on extended loan through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society ® of Chicago.

 RSNO Chorus

RSNO Chorus  

The RSNO Chorus performs in around six different programmes in up to twenty concerts across Scotland with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra each year. The RSNO Chorus has also had great success in recording with the Orchestra. Its recordings, amongst others, of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, conducted by Neeme J?rvi, and Holst’s The Planets, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, have both attracted high critical acclaim.

In addition to its commitment to the Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus performs independently and has been invited to perform with orchestras in many parts of the world, establishing an international status and touring to Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Belfast, Australia, Trondheim and most recently, Amsterdam and Prague. In 2018 it performed Britten’s War Requiem with the RSNO at the BBC Proms.

The RSNO Chorus evolved from a choir formed in 1843 to sing the first full performance of Handel’s Messiah in Scotland. Today, it is one of the most successful choruses in the UK. In recent years, it has performed practically every work in the standard choral repertoire along with contemporary works by renowned composers, including John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, Howard Shore and James MacMillan.

The RSNO Chorus is directed by Gregory Batsleer, one of the UK’s most dynamic and in demand choral conductors and chorus masters. In 2015 Gregory received The Arts Foundation Fellowship in Choral Conducting.