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Robert Spano

General Management

(Kirshbaum Associates - North America)

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. This season marks Spano’s 20th as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and his first as Principal Guest Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. 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 Mr. Spano’s 2019-2020 season included a return to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducting the world premiere of George Tsontakis’s Violin Concerto No. 3 alongside Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony. He returned to the Indianapolis Symphony for a program of Higdon, Rodrigo, and Sibelius, and led the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of Dimitrios Skyllas’s Kyrie eleison, commissioned by the BBC. Conducting debuts included the Wroclaw Philharmonic.

With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, programmes included Spano’s quintessentially rich, diverse pairings of contemporary works and cherished classics, welcoming seasoned guest artists and many new faces. The orchestra’s 75th season featured numerous ASO premieres, including works by living American composers Krists Auznieks, Jessie Montgomery, and Jennifer Higdon, and a world premiere by Brian Nabors. The season opened with Joshua Bell joining the ASO for Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen.

Spano has won six Grammy™ Awards with the Atlanta Symphony. He is one of two classical musicians inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and he makes his home in Atlanta.

“Robert Spano has that great skill in a conductor of making every performance radiate joy. You would think, each time, that he has been waiting all his life to make this music happen, and that he is darned well going to make it happen to the utmost.” 

 

The New York Times

 

Photographs

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Discography

Recordings include: 

GANDOLFI, PRIOR & OLIVERIO

Orchestral works

Robert Spano

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

ASO Media, 27 Mar 2020

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ROBERT SPANO

Hölderlin-lieder
Sonata: Four Elements

Jessica Rivera

Robert Spano

ASO Media, 28 Apr 2017

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MICHAEL KURTH

Everything Last Forever

Robert Spano

Kelley O'Connor

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus

ASO Media, 29 Mar 2019

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JONATHAN LESHNOFF

Zohar

Symphony No.2

Jessica Rivera

Nmon Ford

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Robert Spano

ASO Media, 18 Nov 2016

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THERE'S A PLACE FOR US

Songs by Gordon, Bernstein, Theofanidis, Villa-Lobos, Stravinsky, Golijov and Foster

Nadine Sierra

Robert Spano

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Deutsche Grammophon, 24 Aug 2018

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CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS

Creation/Creator

Jessica Rivera

Kelley O'Connor

Nmon Ford

Evan Boyer

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Robert Spano

ASO Media, 11 Sep 2015

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SØREN NILS EICHBERG

Symphony no.3
Morpheus

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Danish National Concert Choir

Robert Spano

Joshua Weilerstein

Dacapo Classical, 20 Jul 2018

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VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS

Dona Nobis Pacem

Symphony no.4

The Lark Ascending

David Coucheron

Jessica Rivera

Brett Polegato

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 

Robert Spano

ASO Media, 9 Sep 2014

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Selected video and audio recordings

Interviews

Performances

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