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David Gargaro, Conductor

British conductor, David Gargaro currently holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the New Fine Arts Ensemble in South Korea and Staff Conductor of the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. In addition, he has previously held posts with Opera Philadelphia, and New York Youth Symphony.

This season, David was invited to conduct the BBC Symphony, London Mozart Players, and Hilliard Ensemble and in addition was selected as one of sixteen competitors in the Cyprus International Conducting Competition. This season saw David as a finalist for the American Conducting Prize and semi finalist in the prestigious League of American Orchestras Bruno Walter Conductor Preview.

David has conducted orchestras such as the Virginia Symphony, New World Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Cincinnati Philharmonia, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, New York Youth Symphony, UCLA Philharmonia, New York Women in Music Festival Orchestra, Genovian Philharmonia, Cincinnati Concert Orchestra, Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, Bard Conservatory Orchestra, and Eastman Graduate Orchestra. David has conducted in masterclasses for Michael Tilson Thomas, Helmuth Rilling, JoAnn Falletta, Gustav Meier, Kenneth Kiesler, Leon Botstein, Cliff Colnot, Jorge Mester, Kirk Trevor, David Effron, David Loebel, Mark Gibson, Markand Thakar, Apo Hsu, and Donald Schleicher.

Born in Germany, David began his musical studies at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, Scotland where he studied trumpet with Marcus Pope and piano with John Cameron. In 2005, David accepted a scholarship to study trumpet at Eastman School of Music with James Thompson and orchestral conducting with Brad Lubman. David also holds an MM in Orchestral Conducting from Bard Conservatory of Music where he studied with esteemed mentor Harold Farberman. David has been the recipient of several prestigious scholarships including the Howard Hanson Scholarship, Dewar Arts Awards Grant, Bagby Foundation Grant, Hope Scott Trust Grant, and Bard Conducting Scholarship among others.

Performances on trumpet with over one hundred ensembles include: Meadows Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh Symphony Baroque Orchestra, Brighton Symphony Orchestra, Edinburgh Grand Opera Company, Ossia, Musica Nova, Riverdale Choral Society, Lansdowne Symphony, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Opera & Philharmonia, National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, and the Lowland Band of the Scottish Division.David has performed in trumpet masterclasses for Niklas Eklund, Mark Gould, Patrick Addinall, John Gracie, Robert Early, John Kenny, Todd J. Hastings, Angela Whelan, Marc O'Keefe, and James Chamberlain.

Live radio broadcasts include WXXI in the Live from Hochstein Concert Series and special appearances have included performing the American National Anthem at the Edinburgh celebrations marking the 229th anniversary of American Independence at the invitation of American Ambassador Cecile Shea and two invitations to perform for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Holyrood Palace. In 2005 David was awarded 1st place in the prestigious Scottish Concerto Competition. 

David Gargaro (1993 - 1995)
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David Gargaro, Conductor