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Conductor, pianist, composer, and teacher Robert Spano is known worldwide both as an impeccable artist and as a leader who fosters inclusion and warmth among musicians and audiences. In February 2024 he was appointed Music Director of the Washington National Opera, beginning in the 2025–2026 season, for a three-year term, and in January 2024 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School for a period of one year. In August 2022 he began an initial three-year term as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, having served as their Principal Guest Conductor since 2019. From 2001 to 2021 he was Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and now continues his association as Music Director Laureate. A dedicated mentor, Spano is responsible for nurturing the careers of numerous celebrated composers, conductors, and performers. He has served as Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2011.
Highlights of the 2022-23 season at Fort Worth include three symphonic concerts, three chamber music programmes, and a gala concert with Yo-Yo Ma. Other engagements this season include a return visit to Houston Grand Opera to conduct Werther and concerts with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Robert Spano made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2019, leading the US premiere of Marnie, the second opera by American composer Nico Muhly. Recent concert highlights have included several world premiere performances, including Voy a Dormir by Bryce Dessner at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor; George Tsontakis’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Dimitrios Skyllas’s Kyrie eleison with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jennifer Higdon’s Tuba Concerto performed by Craig Knox and the Pittsburgh Symphony; Melodia for piano and orchestra by Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts at the Aspen Music Festival; and Miserere by ASO bassist Michael Kurth.
With a discography of critically acclaimed recordings for Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon and ASO Media, Robert Spano has received four Grammy™ Awards for his recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as a further four nominations.
Robert Spano is Professor of Conducting at Oberlin College and Conservatory and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University and Oberlin. He is based in Fort Worth and Atlanta, is a recipient of the Georgia Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities and is one of only two classical musicians inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
“Robert Spano makes a splendid debut as the Fort Worth Symphony’s new music director... In his first concert as the orchestra’s new music director, [he] brought new flexibility and expressive suavity to performances that were compelling start to finish.”
The Dallas Morning News
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Selected video and audio recordings