Conductor, pianist, composer, and pedagogue Robert Spano has served as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2001. As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs for 630 students, including Aspen’s American Academy of Conducting.
In addition to influencing countless young conductors, Spano’s Atlanta School of Composers reflects his commitment to defining a new generation of American composers. He has led ASO performances at Carnegie Hall (2014-2015 marks Spano’s ninth consecutive season as a guest of Carnegie Hall), Lincoln Center, and at the Ravinia, Ojai, and Savannah Music Festivals. Guest engagements include most of the major International orchestras. He has conducted for Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and the 2005 and 2009 Seattle Opera Ring cycles.
Following Britten’s War Requiem and Verdi’s Aida in Atlanta, Spano conducted the world premiere performances of Steven Stucky’s The Classical Style at the Ojai Festival, with a libretto by pianist and writer Jeremy Denk. The Classical Style will be presented in Carnegie Hall in December, 2014 followed by The Magic Flute with the Houston Grand Opera. He looks forward to Samson et Dalilah with the ASO in June, 2015. Robert Spano is currently completing a digital release of his solo piano work and a cycle of five songs written for soprano Jessica Rivera.
Spano has won six Grammy™ Awards with the Atlanta Symphony and is on the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory. He has honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, and Oberlin. Robert Spano was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2012 and is proud to live in Atlanta.