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Elinor Rufeizen

Conductor

Elinor Rufeizen

 

The rising Israeli conductor Elinor Rufeizen has distinguished herself as a compelling presence on the podium and in the opera pit. She was recently named an Equilibrium Young Artist working with her mentor, singer-conductor Barbara Hannigan, in addition to making her debut at the Stadttheater Giessen, and serving brief stints as an assistant conductor at the New York Philharmonic and National Symphony (Washington D.C.). This season, she will be making her conducting debut with the New Mexico Philharmonic and lead a full production of La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart with the Delaware University Orchestra.

Elinor has conducted the Jacksonville Symphony, National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Haifa Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Juilliard Orchestra, Bridgeport Symphony, and Metropolis Ensemble. She was also a conducting fellow at the Dallas Opera and was selected to work with Riccardo Muti and conduct Nabucco with Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini in Fondazione Prada, Milan. 

She has collaborated with many artists, among them Emanuel Ax, Daniil Trifonov, and Susan Graham; members of the Ébène, Kronos, Juilliard, and Cleveland Quartets; and living composers—Jörg Widmann, Shulamit Ran, Steven Stucky, Steven Mackey, Philippe Hersant, and Andrew Norman. 

Elinor graduated from The Juilliard School with a master’s degree in orchestral conducting, studying with Alan Gilbert and David Robertson. She is a recipient of the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, Charles Schiff Conducting Award for Outstanding Achievement, Morse Teaching Fellowship award, and scholarships from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation. Initially a clarinetist, she received a bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. 

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Robert Moody

Conductor

Robert Moody

 

Internationally acclaimed conductor Robert Moody is currently enjoying his 18th season as Music Director of Arizona Musicfest and 7th season as Music Director of The Memphis Symphony Orchestra (Tennessee). Under his artistic leadership, AZ Musicfest has become the premiere Winter Music Festival Orchestra in North America, boasting a roster comprised of players from the world’s greatest orchestras. The Memphis Symphony has enjoyed exponential growth in programming, recording, new commissions, and endowment growth to well over $25 Million dollars.

Prior to Memphis, Moody was music director for both the Portland Symphony (Maine) and the Winston-Salem Symphony (North Carolina).  Before that he held conducting positions with the Phoenix Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Brevard Music Center, New York City Youth Orchestra, and Landestheater Linz Opera House in Austria.

He has conducted many of the major orchestras of the world, including Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, Minnesota Orchestra, Aachen and Baden Baden Symphony Orchestras in Germany, Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogotá, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. He is a frequent guest conductor in South Africa, conducting the three major orchestras there – Cape Town, Johannesburg, and KZN Philharmonic in Durban.

Upcoming concerts include a return to Sewanee Festival, to the three orchestras South Africa, L’elisir d’amore with Highlands Opera Festival in Canada, as well as debuts with Buffalo Philharmonic and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in China.

In 2022 Moody was personally invited by opera superstar Renée Fleming to conduct a gala concert with her and the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra in Florida. From that experience, he was immediately named Principal Opera Conductor for Lakeland Symphony/Opera.

A South Carolina native, Moody holds degrees from Furman University (voice and cello) and the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his conducting degree with Donald Neuen. He is a Rotarian and has served on the boards of AIDs Care Services, Winston-Salem YMCA, WDAV Classical Radio, and the Charlotte Master Chorale.  
 

Maestro Moody and his partner, organist Jimmy Jones live in Memphis with their two dogs and one cat.  Moody is an avid runner, swimmer, history buff, “Jeopardy!” addict, and snow-skier.

Michael Roest

Conductor

Michael Roest

 

Michael Roest is a dynamic conductor and arts leader with a deep commitment to building and celebrating community through art. Roest is the founder and director of the International Pride Orchestra, an organization that unites LGBTQ+ musicians from around the world to present concerts, commission new works, and support LGBTQ+ causes. Roest additionally serves as associate dean for academic affairs at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he previously led the Pre-College and Continuing Education Divisions.

 

Prior to his work in San Francisco, Roest served on faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as Teacher of Brass Studies. There he directed the Oberlin Brass Ensemble. In Oberlin, Roest founded and directed the Empty Mugs Holiday Brass & Organ Spectacular, which brought together musicians, ceramic artists, and community organizations to raise funds to provide food, financial assistance, educational outreach, and basic needs for low-income and vulnerable community members. He also led the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras as executive and artistic director, directing the Philharmonia Orchestra. 

 

Roest holds degrees from The Juilliard School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He also trainned at the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, and Lucerne Festival Academy. 

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