Mark Mandarano, lecturer/Family Concert host/program annotator
Mark Mandarano enjoys an international career as a conductor. He conducted two new works with the New York City Opera in 2009 and has served as principal guest conductor of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and other important venues in the U.S. and abroad. Staff positions include those with the Pacific Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, and the Bard Music Festival. He has led performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Nürnberger Symphoniker, and the Ural Philharmonic. He has worked with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph von Dohnányi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Roger Norrington, Valery Gergiev, Leon Botstein, Osmo Vänskä, and Leonard Slatkin. An advocate of the music of living composers, he has conducted world premieres and performances of works by Karel Husa, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, John Corigliano, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Melinda Wagner, Libby Larsen, David Bruce, Nico Muhly, and others. His association with Slatkin led to Maestro Mandarano conducting the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Mark Mandarano holds degrees from Cornell University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and he is the Director of Instrumental Music at Macalester College.