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Ms. JoAnn Falletta

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Music Director

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
499 Franklin Street
Buffalo , New York 14202
United States

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • doctoral degree , conducting
    Juilliard School of Music
  • master's Degree , conducting
    Juilliard School of Music
  • doctorate degree
    The Juilliard School
  • honorary doctorates
  • undergraduate degree Degree
    Mannes School of Music
  • master's Degree
    The Juilliard School
  • doctorate degree
    The Julliard School
  • master's Degree
    The Julliard School
  • honorary doctoral degrees
    Mannes College of Music
  • honorary doctoral degrees
    College of William and Mary
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Advisory Board - TEREZIN MUSIC FOUNDATION
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JoAnn Falletta - Biography
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JoAnn Falletta Conductor Full Length Biography
JoAnn Falletta is internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador formusic and an inspiring artistic leader. An effervescent and exuberantfigure on the podium, she has been praised by The Washington Post ashaving "Toscanini's tight control over ensemble, Walter's affectionatebalancing of inner voices, Stokowski's gutsy showmanship, and acontrolled frenzy worthy of Bernstein. Acclaimed by The New York Timesas "one of the finest conductors of her generation", she serves as theMusic Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the VirginiaSymphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard MusicCenter.
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This season will see the release of two new Naxosdiscs by Falletta with the Buffalo Philharmonic, a second disc of themusic of John Knowles Paine with the Ulster Orchestra and a worldpremiere disc of music of Ken Fuchs with the London Symphony Orchestra.
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Other recentbroadcasts include a national PBS televised special, Bernstein's Ode toFreedom featuring Ms. Falletta as host, and a PBS special of the FourSeasons with Mark O'Connor and Catherine Cho.
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The VSO, which made critically acclaimed debuts at theKennedy Center and New York's Carnegie Hall under Falletta and enteredinto their first multinational recording agreement with Naxos, performsclassics, pops and family concert series in Norfolk, Virginia Beach,Newport News and Williamsburg.
Ms. Falletta is invited to guest conduct many of the world's finestsymphony orchestras. Her upcoming guest conducting highlights includedebuts in Belgrade (Serbia), Shenzhen China, Sweden, and a European tourwith the Stuttgart Orchestra.
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Ms. Falletta's summeractivities have taken her to numerous music festivals including Aspen,Tanglewood, the Hollywood Bowl, Wolf Trap, Mann Center, Meadow Brook, OKMozart Festival, Grand Teton Festival and the Brevard Music Festival. he is also Artistic Adviser to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.
Falletta is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conductingawards including the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts ConductorsAward for exceptionally gifted American conductors, the covetedStokowski Competition and the Toscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter Awardsfor conducting, as well as the American Symphony Orchestra League'sprestigious John S. Edwards Award. She has introduced over 500 works byAmerican composers, including 110 world premieres. Hailing her as a"leading force for the music of our time", the American Society ofComposers, Authors and Publishers has honored JoAnn Falletta with twelveASCAP awards, recognizing her work as a conductor, communicator,recording artist, audience builder, champion of American composers anddistinguished musical citizen. Ms. Falletta serves as a Member of theNational Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the NationalEndowment for the Arts.
Few artists are as important to the fabric of their communities as JoAnnFalletta. She was named Buffalo's most influential community leader,Buffalo and Erie County's Artist of the Year, was inducted into theBuffalo Music Hall of Fame, and was presented with the ChancellorCharles P. Norton Medal, the University of Buffalo's highest award. Shereceived the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies Award for outstandingleadership in the Marcel Tyberg Musical Legacy project. During hertenure, the Orchestra's budget has grown by 25 percent, subscriptionshave reached record levels, the popular summer Artpark series has beenreestablished, outreach activities have increased, and the BPO hasregained its national prominence through recordings and broadcasts. TheJoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition has broughtinternational acclaim and attention to the classical guitar, the Buffaloregion and the BPO. Falletta is a member of the Western New York Women'sHall of Fame, and received the Human Relations Award from theBuffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. In Virginia,she earned a star on Norfolk's Legends of Music Walk of Fame inrecognition of her effect on the appreciation of classical music inHampton Roads and Virginia, was named Norfolk's Downtowner of the Yearfor 2011 and received the Virginia Women in History Award in 2013.
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Falletta is a strong advocate and mentor for young professional andstudent musicians. She has led seminars for women conductors for theLeague of American Orchestras and has great success working withoutstanding young musicians, guest conducting the orchestras of many ofthe top conservatories, including Curtis, Juilliard, Mannes andManhattan School and summer programs at Interlochen, Round Top andBrevard, among others.
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Other recent Naxos discs include JosephSuk's Fairy Tale, world premiere recordings of Daron Hagen's operaShining Brow, based on the early years of Frank Lloyd Wright, and two"new" works by Franz Schubert, featuring the completion of Schubert'sUnfinished Symphony, and a newly orchestrated transcription of Death andthe Maiden, her first recording with the Royal Scottish NationalOrchestra for the Naxos label, featuring the violin concertos ofDohnányi, the music of Paul Schoenfield with the Prague Philharmonia,the works of Aaron Copland with the BPO, and Borrowed Treasures, MsFalletta's third disc of chamber music for guitar, featuring Ms.Falletta as guitarist
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Falletta as guitarist and arranger, Impressions of French Music andRhapsodie with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Peter and the Wolf and theYoung Person's Guide to the Orchestra, with the Virginia Symphony andcelebrities from National Public Radio, released under the NPR label.
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Ms. Falletta made three recordings of works by women composers with theWomen's Philharmonic.
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Ms. Falletta's radio and television credits include numerous appearanceson NPR's Performance Today, Fresh Air, and From the Top, WQXR, WNCN, CBSSunday Morning, the Charlie Rose Show, the MacNeil Lehrer News Hour, BBCRadio, and several nationally televised performances on PBS includingLive from Lincoln Center-Juilliard at 80, Seasons of Life with MarkO'Connor and the BPO, and a special PBS TV documentary about music withPenn & Teller. In 2008-09, she led the BPO in its second appearance onNPR's From the Top and hosted a national PBS televised special,Bernstein's Ode to Freedom. As a writer, Ms. Falletta has contributedarticles to Symphony Magazine, the New York Concert Review, theVirginian Pilot, Portfolio Magazine and Traffic East Magazine. Ms.Falletta's first poetry book, Love Letters to Music, was published inthe fall of 2004.
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In addition to her current posts with the Buffalo Philharmonic, theVirginia Symphony and the Brevard Music Center, Ms. Falletta has heldthe positions of artistic advisor to the Honolulu Symphony, musicdirector of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, associate conductor ofthe Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of thePhoenix Symphony, and music director of the Denver Chamber Orchestra,the Queens Philharmonic and the Women's Philharmonic. From 2011 - 2014she served as Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in NorthernIreland where she made her debut at London's prestigious Proms with theorchestra in 2011 and also has made five recordings with the orchestrafor Naxos, including music of Gustav Holst, Irish composer Ernest JohnMoeran and American composer John Knowles Paine.
Ms. Falletta received her undergraduate degree from the Mannes Collegeof Music in New York, her master's and doctorate degrees from TheJuilliard School, and in addition, has been awarded eleven honorarydoctorates.
JoAnn Falletta Conductor Condensed Biography
JoAnn Falletta is internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador formusic, an inspiring artistic leader, and a champion of Americansymphonic music. An effervescent and exuberant figure on the podium, shehas been praised by The Washington Post as having "Toscanini's tightcontrol over ensemble, Walter's affectionate balancing of inner voices,Stokowski's gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy ofBernstein. Acclaimed by The New York Times as "one of the finestconductors of her generation", she serves as the Music Director of theBuffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra andPrincipal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center.
Galway and Falletta Galway & Falletta, 2004 Ms. Falletta is invited to guest conduct many of the world's finestsymphony orchestras. Her upcoming guest conducting highlights includedebuts in Begrade (Serbia), Shenzhen China, Sweden, and a European tourwith the Stuttgart Orchestra.
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Ms. Falletta's summeractivities have taken her to numerous music festivals including Aspen,Tanglewood, the Hollywood Bowl, Wolf Trap
JoAnn Falletta - News & Press
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JoAnn Falletta talks to Gail Wein about her new Duke Ellington CD
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JoAnn Falletta leads VSO and Over 500 performers in Rare Performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony
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JoAnn Falletta Named Artistic Advisor to the New Hawaii Symphony
BPO wins ASCAP Award
JoAnn Falletta Named Norfolk’s “Downtowner of the Year”
JoAnn Falletta appointed Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra
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Four Recordings by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Receive Grammy Nominations for Classical Producer of the Year
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Virginia Pays Tribute to JoAnn Falletta on 20th Anniversary as VSO Music Director
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JoAnn Falletta elected to Buffalo Music Hall of Fame
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JoAnn Falletta Appointed to the National Council on the Arts
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International Record Review says "Falletta's ... accountis ... spectacularly recorded and presents a fine case for a neglectedsymphony".
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"The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has had a deep,longstanding commitment to new music, and it's a commitment that themusicians and I share," said music director JoAnn Falletta.
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JoAnn featured in WFMT Radio Network Documentary on American Composer Jerome Moross
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Other highlights of thecentennial celebration include a live performance of Moross' 1stSymphony by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic in April 2014and the reissue by Albany Records of two Moross recordings by JoAnn -Moross Symphony No. 1 with the London Symphony and Frankie and Johnnywith the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
The WFMT broadcast is produced by British radio documentarian JonTolansky, and narrated by Grammy award-winning artist, MichaelFeinstein. JoAnn singled out Moross in her recent NPR interview on theGreat American Symphony, saying "Moross lavished sterling craftsmanshipon his four-movement symphony.
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Obviously Falletta believes inMoross."
More Info on the Jerome Moross Centennial More Info on WFMT
JoAnn on NPR's All Things Considered July 3
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Ms. Falletta provided clear shape and trajectory.
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Buffalo has an "an extraordinarily well-tuned instrument that routinelymakes Buffalo proud...Music Director JoAnn Falletta, surveying the hallpacked with Buffalonians, said, "If you have an orchestra more belovedthan the BPO, I can't imagine it. She deserves much credit for makingit so.
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Conductor JoAnn Falletta, a native of Queens, has turned out to be notonly a stalwart of Buffalo but a terrific, energetic leader.
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JoAnn Appointed Principal Guest Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony
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Falletta will conduct fourprograms during The Phoenix Symphony's 2013/14 Classics Series, CoffeeClassics Series and Scottsdale Series as well as Lang Lang's specialone-night-only performance at Symphony Hall.
JoAnn to Receive Virginia Women in History Award
The Library of Virginia has announced it will honor JoAnn Falletta,along with seven other awardees-past and present-with the VirginiaWomen in History Award.
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JoAnn Falletta talks to Gail Wein about her new Duke Ellington CD
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Listen as JoAnn Falletta talks with Gail Wein for this Naxospodcast about her recording with the Buffalo Philharmonicof Duke Ellington's music for orchestra.
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December 13, 2012: JoAnn Falletta congratulates producer Tim Handley onhis nomination for the 2013 Producer of the Year Grammy Award. The bodyof work for which he is being nominated includes four recordings on theNaxos label with Maestro Falletta leading four different orchestras.Says Falletta, "I have always been very proud to work with Tim Handley,whose musicianship, intelligence and extraordinary recording skills havealways produced CDs of superb quality. I am thrilled that four of ourrecordings are included in the body of work for which he has beennominated for a GRAMMY as best producer. The 2013 honors will be handedout at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 10.
Mr. Handley's Naxos collaborations with JoAnn Falletta that are citedfor the nomination are Ken Fuchs: Atlantic Riband, AmericanRhapsody, Divinium Mysterium (JoAnn Falletta, PaulSilverthorne, Michael Ludwig & London Symphony Orchestra) Gershwin:Piano Concerto In F; Rhapsody No. 2, I Got RhythmVariations (Orion Weiss, JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo PhilharmonicOrchestra) Hailstork: An American Port Of Call (JoAnn Falletta,Virginia Symphony Chorus & Virginia Symphony Orchestra) and Holst:Cotswolds Symphony, Walt Whitman Overture (JoAnn Falletta& Ulster Orchestra). Mr. Handley's Naxos collaborations with JoAnn Falletta that are citedfor the nomination are Ken Fuchs: Atlantic Riband, AmericanRhapsody, Divinium Mysterium (JoAnn Falletta, PaulSilverthorne, Michael Ludwig & London Symphony Orchestra) Gershwin:Piano Concerto In F; Rhapsody No. 2, I Got RhythmVariations (Orion Weiss, JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo PhilharmonicOrchestra) Hailstork: An American Port Of Call (JoAnn Falletta,Virginia Symphony Chorus & Virginia Symphony Orchestra) and Holst:Cotswolds Symphony, Walt Whitman Overture (JoAnn Falletta& Ulster Orchestra). Mr. Handley's Naxos collaborations with JoAnn Falletta that are citedfor the nomination are Ken Fuchs: Atlantic Riband, AmericanRhapsody, Divinium Mysterium (JoAnn Falletta, PaulSilverthorne, Michael Ludwig & London Symphony Orchestra) Gershwin:Piano Concerto In F; Rhapsody No. 2, I Got RhythmVariations (Orion Weiss, JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo PhilharmonicOrchestra) Hailstork: An American Port Of Call (JoAnn Falletta,Virginia Symphony Chorus & Virginia Symphony Orchestra) and Holst:Cotswolds Symphony, Walt Whitman Overture (JoAnn Falletta& Ulster Orchestra).
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"We feel strongly here at the BPO about our role to help advance thecareers of young musicians and our partnership with Mannes represents amajor breakthrough," said BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta, whoreceived her undergraduate degree from Mannes.
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JoAnn is featured in Gramophone’s August edition of “Musician’s Diary”,where she describes her joy in recording the little known works ofGustav Holst with the Ulster Orchestra for Naxos, and in exploring thecharms and history of her new UK home in Ulster.
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Norm Foster and JoAnn Falletta
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Says JoAnn Falletta, “All three finalists were fabulous.
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Listen as WBFO & AM-970’S Eileen Buckley speaks with Falletta about whythis competition attracts guitarists globally.
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JoAnn Falletta leads VSO and Over 500 performers in Rare Performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony
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On May 26 and 27, 2012, JoAnn Falletta led a cast of over 500musicians in two performances of the rarely performed and awe-inspiringepic 8th Symphony of Gustav Mahler to standing ovations at William andMary Hall and Chrysler Hall in Virginia.
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JoAnn will deliver the 2012 commencement address at Hilbert College's51st annual commencement ceremony being held at 1pm May 12 in theWesleyan Church of Hamburg, NY. She is honored to be recognized atHilbert's commencement with an honorary doctorate of humane letters.
Falletta has previously received honorary degrees from several nationaland international colleges and universities, including the ManhattanSchool of Music and D’Youville College (2009), Virginia Wesleyan (2008),The New School in New York City and the College of William and Mary(2007), Niagara University (2001), Canisius College and Christopher Newport University (2000),Old Dominion University (1994), and MarianCollege (1988).
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Norm Foster and JoAnn Falletta
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JoAnn Falletta received gifts of leis from the musicians of HawaiiSymphony Orchestra following her first concerts with the orchestra inits inaugural season on April 6 and 7, 2012. Falletta, who is servingas Artistic Advisor for the new Orchestra, has been working with adedicated group of Hawaii business leaders following the bankruptcyfiling of the 110-year old Honolulu Symphony, which played its finalconcert in December 2009.
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On February 5 and 6, 2012, the Ulster Orchestra, under the direction ofPrincipal Conductor JoAnn Falletta, recorded a CD of works by one of thegreatest English composers of the 20th century, Ernest John Moeran, inUlster Hall in Belfast.
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Listen in to Symphony Hall on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio Channel 76 onThursday night, November 24 at 8pm (EST) and Saturday afternoon,November 26 at 1pm (EST) to hear JoAnn taking the mike as DJ. JoAnnpreviously hosted the show on Sirrius this past July, and enjoys theopportunity to play some of her favorite works and connect with theworld-wide audiences that are fans of Symphony Hall.
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Board of Trustees
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Biographies--Druminar
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Few artists are as important to the fabric of their communities as JoAnn Falletta. Acclaimed by The New York Times as "one of the finest conductors of her generation," she serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. If scheduling permits, she will inspire you by correlating the similarities between music and business, as well as providing her insights to motivate your team.
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