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Steven Karidoyanes

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As a conductor, composer, and broadcaster, Boston native Steven Karidoyanes brings a wealth of musical experiences to the podium. Karidoyanes is conductor and music director of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra since 1994 and director of the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony since 2004, leading concerts in Boston’s most prestigious concert venues and in past concert tours of Italy, Greece, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, Ireland, and Spain. Since 2008, he is also an understudy conductor for the Boston Pops Orchestra. He made his Boston Pops conducting debut in Symphony Hall in December 2016. Past international conducting engagements include Hungary’s Savaria Symphony Orchestra in Hainburg, Austria, the Prague Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Costa Rica’s National Music Institute Youth Symphony, and return engagements with the North Czech Philharmonic. Karidoyanes has also guest conducted the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, and orchestras in the Washington, D.C., region. Opera productions he has conducted include Cape Cod Opera’s Carmen, The Mikado by the Bostonian Opera & Concert Ensemble (a.k.a. “The Bostonians”), and Opera-by-the-Bay’s (MA) Die Fledermaus. For a decade, Karidoyanes was music director of Boston’s Masterworks Chorale, conducting choral/orchestral masterworks in Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre. He has also held the posts of music director of the Boston College Symphony Orchestra, associate conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony and Greensboro Symphony orchestras in North Carolina, and assistant conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He has conducted many subscription, pops, educational, and family concerts, as well as annual ballet performances of The Nutcracker with the North Carolina School of the Arts.  He has served on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for ten seasons, and on the conducting faculty of the New England Conservatory. Complementing his performing activities, Karidoyanes is a composer and member of ASCAP. His composition Yerakína: Dionysian Dance for Orchestra was written for and premiered by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has been performed by the Boston Pops. His Café Neon: Fantasy on Greek Songs and Dances has been performed over 40 times by two dozen orchestras coast to coast plus in Italy and Greece. Both Yerakína and Café Neon were performed together by the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in Australia.  His cantata, Cherished Youth, was twice choreographed by the Commonwealth Ballet (MA). Also a classical music announcer/producer, Karidoyanes has worked for National Public Radio affiliates in Boston, North Carolina, and Indiana. Steven Karidoyanes holds a bachelor of music degree from Boston University. He received training in orchestral conducting at the Canford School of Music in Dorset, England, where he studied with the renowned British conducting coach, George Hurst. Additional orchestral studies earned him the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for two consecutive years from Ball State University in Indiana.

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