York Symphony Orchestra Selects Internationally Recognized Lawrence Golan as New Music Director
The York Symphony Orchestra (YSO) is proud to announce that internationally recognized conductor Lawrence Golan has been selected as the new music director and leader of the Symphony.
Golan was selected after a year-long search of over 115 conductor candidates from all across the world. Golan’s performance was evaluated by members of the YSO Search Committee, orchestra musicians, the Board of Directors, and the audience itself. The conductor Search Committee made the final recommendation to the YSO Board of Directors.
“We are incredibly proud to announce a musician of such high caliber has been selected and has accepted the music director position,” said YSO Board of Directors President, Jane Davis. “The announcement of Lawrence Golan is not only exciting for YSO, but for the entire community of York and the surrounding region.”
Golan has earned international recognition for his work as a conductor, winning nine American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards, five Global Music Awards, three American Prize Awards, two Prestige Music Awards, and three Downbeat magazine Awards. He is known for his inspired performances, imaginative programming, passion for developing new audiences, and excellent public speaking skills — entertaining and educating audiences from both on and off the podium.
“It is truly an honor for me to have been selected as the successor to Dr. Robert Hart Baker as the next music director of the York Symphony Orchestra,” said Golan. “Maestro Baker will always be remembered for the 30 years of incredible passion and commitment he gave to this community.
Additionally, I am honored to have been chosen from among such an impressive group of finalists — all of whom I have known of and admired for a long time. I am really looking forward to working with this very fine orchestra, chorus, board and administration. Together we will strive to bring the organization to new heights and make it a jewel of the York community.”
Golan continues to guest conduct professional orchestras, opera, and ballet companies in the U.S. and around the world. He has conducted in 25 U.S. states and 16 countries, including performances in Boulder, Macon, Memphis, and Tucson as well as the Czech Republic, Italy, Korea, Taiwan, and a three-week tour of China with the American Festival Orchestra. Golan’s vast experience has earned him a reputation for inspiring performances and imaginative programming.
Golan’s passion for supporting music education is evident through his role as a tenured professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where he conducts the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre and leads one of the most distinguished and highly sought after graduate conducting programs in the U.S.
A native of Chicago, Golan holds degrees in both conducting and violin performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (B.M. and M.M.) and the New England Conservatory of Music (D.M.A.). In addition, he studied at all of the major conducting festivals, including Aspen and Tanglewood, where in 1999, he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship.
Golan’s first performance, entitled New Beginnings, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. The concert will be the first show in the Classical Series for the 2014-2015 season. The concert will feature the beloved and popular Dvorak’s New World Symphony, the energetic New Beginnings by Peter Boyer, and the jazz-influenced Bass Trombone Concerto by Chris Brubeck.