Robert Spano
Conductor

“Robert Spano has that great skill in a conductor of making every performance radiate joy. You would think, each time, that he has been waiting all his life to make this music happen.” (New York Times)

Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Ed Milner +44 (0)20 3725 9178

Biography

Music Director: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Music Director: Aspen Music Festival and School

 

Robert Spano is currently in his 16th season as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School where he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programmes, including the Aspen Conducting Academy.

In North America he guest conducts orchestras such as the Philadelphia, Minnesota, Baltimore and St Louis symphonies. He also recently toured with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra and works with the Colburn School in Los Angeles and the New World Symphony. He is on the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, and Oberlin.

Music Director: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Music Director: Aspen Music Festival and School

 

Robert Spano is currently in his 16th season as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School where he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programmes, including the Aspen Conducting Academy.

In North America he guest conducts orchestras such as the Philadelphia, Minnesota, Baltimore and St Louis symphonies. He also recently toured with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra and works with the Colburn School in Los Angeles and the New World Symphony. He is on the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, and Oberlin.

Engagements in Europe and Asia include the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and the Singapore Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras.

Equally at home with opera, Spano has conducted at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ring cycles at Seattle Opera and will return to The Metropolitan Opera.

With a discography of critically-acclaimed recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Telarc and ASO Media recorded over nine years, Spano has garnered six Grammy Awards with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Ed Milner +44 (0)20 3725 9178

Reviews

“As the cacophonies piled up and the rhythms came apart and the whole thing got really loud --- with percussionist Tom Sherwood whacking the life out of the big bass drum, which was positioned high and in back, like a sacrificial altar --- Spano's concept turned from modesty to savage brilliance.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

“He seems the most comprehensively gifted American conductor to emerge since James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas and Leonard Slatkin.” (The Boston Globe)

“It was a triumph for conductor Robert Spano, his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the team of vocal soloists, and for Adams' masterpiece itself. Falling temperatures made Spano turn up the interpretive heat.” (The Chicago Tribune)

“As the cacophonies piled up and the rhythms came apart and the whole thing got really loud --- with percussionist Tom Sherwood whacking the life out of the big bass drum, which was positioned high and in back, like a sacrificial altar --- Spano's concept turned from modesty to savage brilliance.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

“He seems the most comprehensively gifted American conductor to emerge since James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas and Leonard Slatkin.” (The Boston Globe)

“It was a triumph for conductor Robert Spano, his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the team of vocal soloists, and for Adams' masterpiece itself. Falling temperatures made Spano turn up the interpretive heat.” (The Chicago Tribune)

“Self-effacing and restrained to a fault, Spano elicited remarkably clean, taut, well-balanced performances from an orchestra that can be recalcitrant with visitors. He invariably mustered a broad dynamic scale, focused telling nuances, sustained forward momentum and avoided cheap effects. For the challenges at hand, it was enough.” (Financial Times)

“Robert Spano barely broke a sweat as he produced a radiant sound of unusual depth and tension from the [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra] that was nothing short of dazzling.” (Aberdeen Press & Journal)

“Spano conducted from his muscles, and what we heard was powerful music, powerfully played. There was no mistaking the authority from the podium.” (The Los Angeles Times)