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John Nardolillo


Conductor John Nardolillo has appeared with more than twenty of the country's leading orchestras, including the Seattle Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and the Honolulu Symphony. This past season he also conducted concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Mr. Nardolillo made his professional conducting debut in 1994 at the Sully Festival in France during a Bastille Day Concert, and has since made conducting appearances throughout the United States, and in France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. He has led major American orchestras in subscription series concerts, summer and pops concerts, education concerts and tours, and for television and radio broadcasts. He has been heard in on National Public Radio, and in concert on Minnesota Public Radio.

In 1997 Mr. Nardolillo created a new project with folk legend Arlo Guthrie, fusing traditional American folk music with the American classical style of Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. A complete evening of orchestral settings of American folk music are performed by Mr. Nardolillo and Mr. Guthrie with orchestras around the country in concerts that also feature performances of American orchestral works by Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin. The project was performed on the television program "Evening at Pops" with the Boston Pops Orchestra, a concert that has been broadcast on PBS stations nationwide periodically since 1998. In July 2001 the project returned to the Boston Pops for the "POPS goes the Fourth!" concert, seen by a live audience of over 500,000 on Boston's Charles River Esplanade, and millions more around the country on national television.

Mr. Nardolillo is the Founder and Music Director of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, an orchestra of top young professional musicians, drawn from the ranks of the world's leading orchestras, who travel from around the United States, Canada and Europe to perform together each season. The orchestra has appeared in the leading concert halls in the eastern United States, has been filmed for a television documentary, and has recorded Copland, Bernstein, Barber, Bach and Mozart.

Born in Bend, Oregon, John Nardolillo began his musical training at the age of three on the violin. He earned a Bachelors degree in violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Masters degrees in violin and conducting from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
John Nardolillo