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James Gaffigan was appointed to the position of associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony in September 2006. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Gaffigan was assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. He is also the Music Director of CityMusic Cleveland, a chamber orchestra in Cleveland that presents free concerts throughout the city. In June 2008, he received the League of American Orchestra’s Helen M. Thompson Award for his work with CityMusic. Mr. Gaffigan’s international career was launched when he was named a first prize winner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Germany. Increasingly active as an opera conductor, his future engagements include performances at Glyndebourne, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Vienna State Opera. Born in New York City in 1979, Mr. Gaffigan studied at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and The Juilliard School Preparatory Division. A graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, he earned his Masters of Music in conducting at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, where he worked with Larry Rachleff. In the summer of 2000, Mr. Gaffigan was one of eight young conductors chosen by David Zinman to participate in the inaugural year of the Aspen Conducting Academy. Two years later he received the Academy's first Robert Harth Conducting Award and the following summer he was selected as one of two conducting fellows to study at the Tanglewood Music Center.