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David Agler
John Axelrod *
Laurent Campellone
Francesco Cilluffo
Gianluigi Gelmetti *
Andrew Greenwood
Dominic Grier
Atvars Lakstīgala
Jan Latham-Koenig
Tim Murray
Barnaby Palmer
Stuart Stratford
Marc Taddei
Nicola Valentini *
Philip Walsh
Matthew Wood
John Axelrod
Conductor
Mr. Axelrod is Artistic and Musical Director of Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla and Principal Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe” Verdi (LaVerdi). He was previously Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Theater, and Music Director of l'Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. Since 2001, Mr. Axelrod has conducted over 160 orchestras around the world, 30 operas and 50 world premieres. Future engagements include his debut with Filarmonica della Scala, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic, and return engagements with the RAI Symphony Orchestra of Turin, the WDR Funkhausorchester in Koeln, the OSI in Lugano, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, as well as Korngold’s Violanta Opera di Firenze.

 



With an extraordinarily diverse repertoire, innovative programming and charismatic performance style, John Axelrod continues to increase his profile as one of today's leading conductors. Mr. Axelrod is Artistic and Musical Director of Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla and Principal Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe” Verdi (LaVerdi). He was previously Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Theater, and Music Director of the l'Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire.

Since 2001, Mr. Axelrod has conducted over 160 orchestras around the world, 30 operas and 50 world premieres.  Some of his long term relationships with European orchestras include Berlin's RSB, NDR Symphony Hamburg, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI Torino, Teatro La Fenice Orchestra in Venice, Teatro San Carlo Orchestra in Naples, Opera di Firenze and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentina, OSI in Lugano, Camerata Salzburg, Mariinsky Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, and the Grazer Philharmoniker among many others.  In Japan, Mr. Axelrod regularly conducts the Kyoto and NHK Symphony Orchestra.  In the USA, Mr. Axelrod has performed often with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the National Symphony among others.

In addition to his diverse programs of core and contemporary repertoire with the ROSS in Sevilla and La Verdi in Milano, upcoming engagements include his debut with Filarmonica della Scala, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic, and return engagements with the RAI Symphony Orchestra of Turin, the WDR Funkhausorchester in Koeln, the OSI in Lugano, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, among many others.

Mr. Axelrod’s opera activity includes Bernstein's Candide Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro alla Scala and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Dove’s Flight Leipzig OperTristan and Isolde Angers/Nantes OperaEugene Onegin Teatro San Carlo in Naples, ErwartungLa Dame de Monte Carlo and La Mort de Cléopâtre Spoleto Festival, Kurt Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny Rome Opera, Fabio Vacchi’s Lo Specchio Magico Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Martinu’s Mirandolina Teatro la Fenice in Venice. For the Lucerne Festival from 2004-2009, he conducted: RigolettoDon Giovanni, the Three Penny OperaFalstaffIdomeneo and The Rake's Progress. Upcoming opera engagements include Korngold’s Violanta Opera di Firenze.

Mr. Axelrod is actively committed to working with young professional musicians, being engaged as the Principal Conductor of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo and having toured with the Santander Orchestra in Poland, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra to the Salzburg Festival, the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana in Italy, the Accademia della Scala to Muscat, the NordDeutsche Junge Philharmonie in Germany and the Vienna Jeunesse Orchester in Austria.

Mr. Axelrod has recorded core and contemporary repertoire for Sony Classical, Warner Classics, Ondine, Universal, Naïve and Nimbus. Mr. Axelrod's most recent release is a cycle of Brahms Symphonies combined with Clara Schumann lieder entitled Brahms Beloved on Telarc, with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and accompanying Dame Felicity Lott, Wolfgang Holzmair, Indra Thomas and Nicole Cabell.

Mr. Axelrod graduated in 1988 from Harvard University. Trained personally by Leonard Bernstein in 1982, he also studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Ilya Musin in 1996.