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Meet Our First-Annual International Conducting Workshop Participants

Hailing from Italy, Korea, The Netherlands, Mexico, Russia, China, and the United States, meet the 14 participants of our First-Annual International Conducting Workshop. Led by DPO Music Director Lawrence Golan and guest faculty Donald Portnoy, this array of veteran and up-and-coming conductors will spend a week of score study and programming classes, career development class, orchestra rehearsals and video reviews — all culminating in the final performance, Roulette.  And at the discretion of the faculty, one competition winner will be invited back to guest conduct a piece with the DPO next season!

Meet the six participants who will conduct a movement at Roulette on the main stage: Francesco, Wesley, Paul, Jihwan, June-Sung and M.D.

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Francesco Attardi

Guest Conductor

Francesco Attardi is a musicologist-conductor based in Milan, Italy. He has...

Francesco Attardi is a musicologist-conductor based in Milan, Italy. He has conducted symphonic and operatic repertoire in Europe, Japan and North America. One of his goals is to promote Italian symphonic music from Sgambati to Respighi.

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Wesley J. Broadnax

Guest Conductor

Wesley J. Broadnax is in his first year as associate professor of music/director...

Wesley J. Broadnax is in his first year as associate professor of music/director of bands at the University of Northern Colorado. Prior positions included similar appointments at Drexel University, University of Delaware, California State University-East Bay, and Michigan State University. He is also assistant conductor of the Newark Symphony Orchestra in Delaware.

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Paul Hansen

Guest Conductor

Paul Hansen is a composer and conductor based in Los Angeles. Most recently,...

Paul Hansen is a composer and conductor based in Los Angeles. Most recently, he conducted the world premiere of his orchestral piece The Saint of Nivena with the Orquestra Filarmónica de Boca del Río in Veracruz, Mexico.

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John Jihwan Lee

Guest Conductor

The Korean-born conductor Jihwan Lee holds a Bachelor of Music degree in...

The Korean-born conductor Jihwan Lee holds a Bachelor of Music degree in choral conducting from Keimyung University in South Korea and is a graduate of the Conducting Program at California State University, Northridge working under Dr. John Roscigno. Jihwan led glee clubs in South Korea for five years winning numerous national competitions. Lee has recently been appointed music director of Orange County Korean Symphony Orchestra.

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June-Sung Park

Guest Conductor

Born in Seoul, South Korea, June-Sung Park now lives in Berlin, Germany....

Born in Seoul, South Korea, June-Sung Park now lives in Berlin, Germany. June-Sung was assistant conductor at BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Leverhulme Conducting Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from 2017 until 2019. June-Sung is the first prize winner of the Aram Khachaturian International Conducting Competition 2016.

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M.D. Van Vliet

Guest Conductor

M.D. van Vliet is a professional conductor and music director from Rotterdam,...

M.D. van Vliet is a professional conductor and music director from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He transmits his love, respect and knowledge of the score to musicians and audiences with stimulating energy. His efficient and friendly style creates an atmosphere in which orchestra and soloists can excel.

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And conducting special pre-concert performances of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, meet Junyuan, Joseph, Emanuel, Simona, Diego, Joseph, Christopher and Evgeny.

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Junyuan Chen

Junyuan Chen was born in China and is currently a graduate student of music...

Junyuan Chen was born in China and is currently a graduate student of music education at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Attending conducting classes piqued his interest in the profession and he hopes to further increase his conducting skills at the Denver Philharmonic Conducting Workshop.

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Joseph Cieslak

Joseph Cieslak is a conductor-composer from Boise Idaho. The co-founder of...

Joseph Cieslak is a conductor-composer from Boise Idaho. The co-founder of the New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra and Voices of New Orleans Choir, Joseph relishes the communal aspects of music-making and loves sharing the beauty of the symphonic repertoire.

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Emanuel Cohen

Emanuel Cohen is a senior music major at the University of Rochester where...

Emanuel Cohen is a senior music major at the University of Rochester where he assists as student conductor of orchestras and choirs. This year he has conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.

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Simona Grossi

Born in 1979, in Calabria, Italy, Simona Grossi began studying piano at age...

Born in 1979, in Calabria, Italy, Simona Grossi began studying piano at age 10. She stopped playing when she was 16 but resumed two years ago and graduated in piano performance from the Conservatory of Frosinone, Italy, in October 2019. Recently she started studying conducting with Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Simona lives in Los Angeles, where she’s also a law professor at Loyola Law School Los Angeles and a fiction writer.

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Diego Guerra

Diego Guerra of Monterrey, Mexico, is a violist and conductor based in San...

Diego Guerra of Monterrey, Mexico, is a violist and conductor based in San Diego. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in viola performance at San Diego State University. Guerra stays active locally as assistant conductor with the City Ballet of San Diego and co-founder of the San Diego Philharmonic. Most recently, he conducted the SDSU production of Peri/Gluck Euridice operas.

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Joseph Lerangis

A native of New York City, Joseph Lerangis is a conductor and tenor currently...

A native of New York City, Joseph Lerangis is a conductor and tenor currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Yale School of Music, where he conducts the Yale Camerata, Chamber Orchestra, and Repertory Chorus.

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Christopher Ramaekers

Christopher Ramaekers is Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater,...

Christopher Ramaekers is Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Music Director of the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, and Artistic Director of the Davis Theater Concert Series for Access Contemporary Music.

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Evgeny Alexeevich Shcherbakov

Russian-born Evgeny Shcherbakov composed and conducted a short piece during...

Russian-born Evgeny Shcherbakov composed and conducted a short piece during a concert performance when he was 9 years old; this moment was the source of inspiration which marked the beginning of a life-long career in music. Evgeny received an extensive musical education: Bachelor’s degree in Orchestral Conducting, Master’s degree in Choir Conducting, Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in Composition and completed Intensive Opera-Symphony Conducting Courses.

Evgeny was a long-term Professor at the Nizhny Novgorod State Glinka Conservatoire and an associate conductor of the Conservatoire’s Symphony Orchestra traveling widely as a composer, lecturer and conductor. In 2008, he immigrated with his family to Vancouver, Canada where he teaches and tours as a composer and conductor.

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