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Bruno Ferrandis - Conductor Laureate

Critically-acclaimed conductor Bruno Ferrandis has led orchestras in Europe, Asia and North America, and his breadth of conducting experience includes symphony, opera, ballet, musical theater and cinema-accompanying music. He earned the Santa Rosa Symphony an ASCAP first place award for Adventurous Programming in its 2012-2013 season, during his twelve-year tenure as Music Director and became its Conductor Laureate in 2018.
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 the 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. In 1997, he received a “Critic’s Grand Prize” for his conducting of Wozzeck by Manfred Gurlitt.
Ferrandis conducted a rare opera by Alois Haba in Ostrava (Czech Republic) in June 2018. In September 2017, Ferrandis conducted four concerts for the “Ostrava Days Festival” and in October 2017, Ferrandis conducted Rigoletto at the Opera de Tours. He has conducted Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Stravinsky’s The Rake's Progress at the San Francisco Conservatory. Other guest appearances include: Coburg Orchestra Germany, the Honolulu Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Marseille Opera Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony (North Carolina) and the Bogotá Symphony Orchestra in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2013, Ferrandis conducted the new version of Martin Matalon’s composition to accompany the silent film classic Metropolis with the Atlanta Symphony; in 2014, he conducted a production of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss at the Opera de Nice in France. In January 2015, he returned to the Opera de Nice to conduct a full opera production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes.
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 George Tsontakis, Edward Campion; in Canada with Randolph Peters and Harry Sommers; in France and Europe with Martin Matalon, Mauricio Kagel, Ahmed Essyad, Claude Ballif, Yves Prin.
He has also 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.
Born in Algiers in 1960 and raised in Nice, France, Ferrandis currently resides with his family in Paris. Ferrandis speaks his native French, as well as English, Italian, Spanish, German and Russian. He has also studied Ancient Greek and Ancient Hebrew.

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