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Bruno Ferrandis - Conductor Laureate

Bruno Ferrandis began his tenure as music director and conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony in Fall 2006 and served with dedication and charm through the 2017-2018 season. Born in Algiers in 1960 and raised in Nice, France, Ferrandis currently resides with his family in Paris. He has conducted all over the world, and his breadth of musical experience includes not only symphony and opera, but also ballet, musical theater and cinema-accompanying music.
 
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he received a master’s degree in conducting from The Juilliard School. He was conductor of Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and Juilliard Opera Center. He also co-founded the New Music ensemble “Music Mobile” in New York City, and has recorded three compact discs with the Radio France Orchestra.
 
Since 2009, Ferrandis has been a guest opera conductor at the San Francisco Conservatory, where he conducted Offenbach's “Orpheus” and Stravinsky's “The Rake's Progress.” At Stanford University in December of 2008, he conducted the Santa Rosa Symphony in the West Coast premiere of Martin Matalon’s score for Fritz Lang’s silent film “Metropolis.” He has also conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Honolulu Symphony.
 
In January 2015, Ferrandis conducted Britten's “Peter Grimes” for the Opera of Nice, in October 2017 “Rigoletto” for the Opera of Tours and Aloïs Haba's “Thy Kingdom will come” at the Ostrava Opera in June 2018.
 
Additional conducting credits include modern and classical ballet companies in New York City, France and Italy. In Asia, he conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Seoul Philharmonic, and worked with the Tokyo New National Theater. In Israel, he conducted the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; in Eastern Europe, the Polish Radio Orchestra, the Prague State Theater Orchestra and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra; in Great Britain, the BBC Northern Orchestra; in Germany and Austria, the Lübeck Hanseatic Orchestra, the Mainz Bach Chor and the Klangforum Wien; in Italy, the Orchestra Regio di Torino, the Opera of Genoa Orchestra and the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Orchestra; in Spain, the Pamplona Sarasate Orchestra, the Madrid Radio-Television Orchestra, the Seville Symphony Orchestra and the Valencia Orchestra. In France, he has conducted in all the major cities including Bordeaux and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997, he received a “Critic’s Grand Prize” for his conducting of Wozzeck by Manfred Gurlitt.
 
In North America, Ferrandis has conducted major opera works at the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto) and served as Music Director of the Banff Art Center (Alberta) from 1991 to 2000. He conducted numerous concerts with the Aspen Festival Orchestras until 1994.
 
Ferrandis has worked closely with the following living composers: in America with Jacob Druckman (created a workshop of his opera Medea), William Schuman, David Diamond, George Tsontakis and Edmund Campion; in Canada with Randolph Peters and Harry Sommers; in France and Europe with Martin Matalon; Mauricio Kagel and his lively music theater (Warsaw Autumn Festival), Ahmed Essyad (Oratorio for the Theater Festival in Avignon, France), Claude Ballif, Yves Prin, Pascal Dusapin, and celebrated composers Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio.
 
He has collaborated with a wide variety of entertainment artists such as the actors and movie directors John Neville, Atom Egoyan, Colm Feore, Robert Lepage, François Girard, Stephen Wadsworth and choreographer Martha Clarke.
 
Ferrandis speaks his native French, as well as English, Italian, Spanish, German and Russian. He also studies ancient Hebrew and ancient Greek to facilitate the reading of the great texts of biblical and mythological times.

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