b'Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director & ConductorConductorFrancescogroundbreaking partnership with the Pulitzer Prize Lecce-Chonghasbeenwinner Zwillich, culminating in a recording of her APHY SUSAN AND NEIL SILVERMAN PHOTOGR described by the pressmusic by the Santa Rosa Symphony released in asafast-risingtalentSeptember 2022 on the Delos label . in the music world withDuring his tenure as Music Director of two the real gift and rec- orchestras, Lecce-Chong has introduced sev-ognized for his dynamiceral ambitious projects . He launched the First performances,freshSymphony Project that consists of the Santa programming,deepRosa and Eugene Symphonies co-commission-commitment to commis- ing a large-scale work from a young American sioning and performingcomposer each season, complete with residencies new music as well as to community engagement .in the community . The Santa Rosa Symphony Lecce-Chonghasappearedwithorchestraslaunched a cycle of the large orchestral works worldwide including the San Francisco Symphony,ofRachmaninoffpairedwithlegendaryfilm NewYorkPhilharmonic,SeattleSymphony,composersentitledRACH&theHollywood National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, PittsburghSound .Lastseason,Lecce-Chongleadthe Symphony, Toronto Symphony, St . Louis Symphony,world premieres of five major orchestral works and Hong Kong Philharmonic and collaborated withincluding an ecology-inspired work by Grammy-top soloists such as Rene Fleming and Itzhakwinning composer Michael Daugherty, a work for Perlman . Lecce-Chong is the Music Director of themariachi and orchestra by Enrico Chapela Barba, Eugene Symphony in Oregon, and the Santa Rosaand a dramatic work with actors based on the Symphony, performing at the Green Music Centerlife of Olympic athlete Steve Prefontaine by David in Northern California .Schiff . He continues to build partnerships with Lecce-Chongs debuts in the 22-23 seasonslocal art institutions, schools and businesses to includeperformanceswiththeKansasCitycreate original, multi-disciplinary experiences for Symphony,DetroitSymphonyandKnoxvillehis audiences . Symphony, as well as a European appearance atBefore his music directorships, Lecce-Chong the renowned Enescu Festival with the Romanianserved as Associate Conductor with the Milwaukee Radio Orchestra . He continues a RachmaninoffSymphony under Edo de Waart and the Pittsburgh symphonic cycle in Santa Rosa, presents theSymphony under Manfred Honeck . He has also second act of Wagners Tristan and Isolde inbeen building his opera credentials as staff con-Eugene, and leads the world premieres of newductor with the Santa Fe Opera and conducted major orchestral works by Ellen Taafe Zwillich andMadama Butterfly at the Florence Opera with the Anglica Negrn . Milwaukee Symphony . In the previous seasons that were heavilyLecce-Chong is the recipient of several distinc-impacted by the pandemic, Lecce-Chong createdtions, including the prestigious Solti Foundation and led a series of virtual performances with bothAward . Trained also as a pianist and composer, the Santa Rosa and the Eugene Symphony . The fullhe completed his studies at the Curtis Insitute of season of performances was streamed for freeMusic with Otto-Werner Mueller after attending to thousands of enthusiastic viewers around thethe Mannes College of Music and Accademia world . The Santa Rosa Symphony also reachedMusicale Chigiana in Italy . He has had the privilege over two million households in the Bay Areaof being mentored and supported by celebrated through its Santa Rosa Symphony Presents TVconductorsincludingBernardHaitink,David broadcasts through local PBS . The programmingZinman, Edo de Waart, Manfred Honeck, Donald included over 20 works by living composers and aRunnicles and Michael Tilson Thomas . 12Santa Rosa SymphonyRESIDENT ORCHESTRA|WEILL HALL, THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER'