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Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Encore PerformancesTchaikovsky and Brahms

Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Encore Performances
Tchaikovsky and Brahms



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An orchestra needs a conductor, right? Not always, at the TMC.

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Stefan Asbury, conductor
Stefan Asbury, conductor View biography in full page >

Chief Conductor of the Noord Nederlands Orkest and Artist in Association at the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Stefan Asbury is in demand with many of the leading orchestras worldwide. The 2011/12 season includes performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (with Lang Lang as soloist), Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig amongst others.

Recent seasons have also included guest engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, RAI Turin, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of St Luke's. He enjoys frequent collaborations with the Basel Sinfonietta, WDR Sinfonieorchester, hr-Sinfonieorchester, NDR Sinfonieorchester and ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. Asbury is also regular guest conductor at festivals such as Automne en Normandie, Wien Modern, Wiener Festwochen, Munich Biennale, the Salzburger Festspiele and La Biennale di Venezia.

Since 1995 Stefan Asbury has served on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center and currently holds the Sana H. Sabbagh master teacher chair on the Conducting Faculty which he has held since 2005. From 1999 to 2005 he was Associate Director of New Music Activities. In addition to his regular summer teaching he has given conducting master classes at institutions such as the Hochschule der Kunste (Zurich), Venice Conservatory, Tokyo Wonder Site, and his master classes are featured in the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Inside the TMC.

Stefan conducted John Adams' A Flowering Tree for the 2009 Perth International Arts Festival, a performance which won 'Best Symphony Orchestra Concert' for the 2009 Helpmann Awards. Other recent opera productions have included Wolfgang Rihm's Jakob Lenz for the 2008 Wiener Festwochen, a concert version of Benjamin Britten's Owen Wingrave with Tapiola Sinfonietta, the world premiere of Van Vlijmen's Thyeste with Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie and the Nationale Reisopera, Johannes Maria Staud's Berenice at Munich Biennale and Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Karlsruhe. Stefan has collaborated with the Mark Morris Dance Group in their production and tour of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Performances took place at Lincoln Center and at the Barbican amongst other venues. This season sees him collaborate with them again on Four Saints in Three Acts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Stefan Asbury has particularly strong relationships with many living composers including Oliver Knussen, Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, Unsuk Chin and Mark Anthony Turnage, and collaborates regularly with Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik and the London Sinfonietta. He was Music Director of the Remix Ensemble Casa da Musica Porto from 2001-2005, working with them to commission new works and programming an innovative mix of jazz, film and music theatre. Notable amongst his recordings are a recording of works by Unsuk Chin with Ensemble intercontemporain on Deutsche Grammophon. His CD of music by Jonathan Harvey was awarded a 'Monde de la Musique CHOC' award, and his complete cycle 'Espace Accoustique' by Gerard Grisey with WDR Sinfonieorchester won the German music critics award (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.)

Stefan Asbury, conductor Edward Gazouleas, viola
Edward Gazouleas, viola View biography in full page >

Professor of Viola at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University since 2012, Ed Gazouleas previously was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 24 seasons. Gazouleas held the Harlan Anderson Chair in the BSO and led the viola section on many occasions, notably with conductors such as Colin Davis, Kurt Masur and Andre Previn. He was active in orchestra governance and chaired the orchestra's Artistic Advisory committee.  He also served on the search committee that selected Andris Nelsons to be the orchestra's Music Director.  

As a chamber musician, Gazouleas has appeared with members of many string quartets, among them Fine Arts, Pacifica, Muir and Audubon.  He was a prize winner at the Eighth International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France and has collaborated with many other artists including Christian Tetzlaff, Stephanie Blythe, Roberto Diaz, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and the principal string players of the Cleveland Orchestra.  

Gazouleas held faculty appointments at Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College and New England Conservatory where he taught Orchestral Repertoire for violists and co-founded and taught NEC's pathbreaking program in Entrepreneurship for Musicians. In 2017 he was appointed Visiting Viola Faculty at the Curtis Institute.

Ed Gazouleas was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony and attended Yale University.  He graduated from the Curtis Institute where he studied with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle.  
Edward Gazouleas, viola
Program Notes Audio
TCHAIKOVSKY - Serenade for strings (32 min)
BRAHMS - Symphony No. 1 (45 min)
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