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John AXELROD, Conductor

Artistic and Musical Director, REAL ORQUESTA SINFONICA DE SEVILLA (ROSS)
Principal Guest Conductor, ORCHESTRA SINFONICA DI MILANO “G. VERDI” (laVerdi)

John Axelrod, with a refined baton, fully captures the vaguely hysterical mood in the score [Martinu: Mirandolina] and makes it rich with colors and a beautiful variety in dynamics and rhythmic solutions, without neglecting the lyrical needs, all in great harmony with the stage. - La Fenice, Venice 2016

John Axelrod prend d’emblée l’orchestre en mains pour déployer ses énormes qualités de chef: précision des attaques, mise en place impeccable. Tant dans les danses de Kodaly que dans Stravinsky, il pousse à fond le jeu des timbres et vit physiquement la rythmique précise; il adopte une vision figurative de la musique au point d’écouter les pupitres comme autant de voix humaines racontant des histoires. Inévitablement, on pense à Bernstein. - Beethoven Festival, Warsaw 2016

With an extraordinarily diverse repertoire, innovative programming and charismatic performance style, John Axelrod continues to increase his profile as one of today’s leading conductors and is sought after by major orchestras throughout the world.

After successful tenures as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Theater, and as Music Director of the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire, John Axelrod was appointed in 2011 Principal Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (LaVerdi), extended through the 2017 season, and in 2014 he became the new Artistic and Musical Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (ROSS). His contract has been unanimously extended through the 2018-2019 season.

John Axelrod is actively committed as an opera conductor, having performed at Teatro alla Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Lucerne and Spoleto Festivals, to name a few.
He also devotes a large part of his time to working with young professional musicians (Pacific Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Accademia della Scala NordDeutsche Junge Philharmonie or Vienna Jeunesse Orchester)

His discography includes pieces from core and contemporary repertoire for Sony Classical, Warner Classics, Ondine, Universal, Naïve and Nimbus, his latest release being devoted to Brahms’ four Symphonies.

John. Axelrod graduated in 1988 from Harvard University. Trained personally by Leonard Bernstein in 1982, he also studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Ilya Musin in 1996.

http://www.johnaxelrod.com/
General management: Resia Artists - http://www.resiartists.it/

2016-17 Season - Not to be altered without permission. Please contact VJAM for HD pictures
Photo credits © Stefano Bottesi / D. Vass

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Artistic and Musical Director, REAL ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA DE SEVILLA (ROSS)
Principal Guest Conductor, ORCHESTRA SINFONICA DI MILANO Giuseppe VERDI (laVerdi)

With an extraordinarily diverse repertoire, innovative programming and charismatic performance style, John Axelrod continues to increase his profile as one of today’s leading conductors and is sought after by orchestras throughout the world.

After successful tenures as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Theater, and as Music Director of the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire, John Axelrod was appointed in 2011 Principal Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (LaVerdi), extended through the 2017 season, and in 2014 he became the new Artistic and Musical Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (ROSS). His contract has been unanimously extended through the 2018-2019 season.

Since 2001, John Axelrod has conducted over 160 orchestras around the world, 30 operas and 50 world premieres. Some of his long term relationships with European orchestras include Berlin’s RSB, NDR Symphony Hamburg, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI Torino, Teatro La Fenice Orchestra in Venice, Teatro San Carlo Orchestra in Naples, Opera di Firenze and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Camerata Salzburg, Mariinsky Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, and the Grazer Philharmoniker among many others. In Japan, he regularly conducts the Kyoto and NHK Symphony Orchestra. In the USA, he has performed often with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and National Symphony.

Besides his diverse programs of core and contemporary repertoire with the ROSS in Sevilla and La Verdi in Milano, these upcoming seasons, he debuts with the Filarmonica della Scala, the Seoul Philharmonic, and returns with the RAI Symphony Orchestra of Turin, the WDR Funkhausorchester in Koeln, the OSI in Lugano, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino among many others.

John Axelrod’s opera activity includes Bernstein’s Candide at Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro alla Scala and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Dove’s Flight for Leipzig Oper, Tristan und Isolde for Angers/Nantes Opera, Eugene Onegin at Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Erwartung, La Dame de Monte Carlo and La Mort de Cléopâtre all for the Spoleto Festival, Kurt Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny at the Rome Opera, Fabio Vacchi’s Lo Specchio Magico at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Martinu’s Mirandolina at Teatro la Fenice in Venice. For the Lucerne Festival from 2004-2009, he has conducted: Rigoletto, The Rake’s Progress, Don Giovanni, The Three Penny Opera, Falstaff and Idomeneo. Upcoming opera engagements include Korngold Violanta at the Opera di Firenze.

He is actively committed to working with young professional musicians, being engaged as the Principal Conductor of the 2016 Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo and having toured with the Santander Orchestra in Poland, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra to the Salzburg Festival, the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana in Italy, the Accademia della Scala to Muscat, the NordDeutsche Junge Philharmonie in Germany, and the Vienna Jeunesse Orchester in Austria.

John Axelrod has recorded core and contemporary repertoire for Sony Classical, Warner Classics, Ondine, Universal, Naïve and Nimbus. Mr. Axelrod’s most recent release is a cycle of Brahms Symphonies combined with Clara Schumann lieder entitled Brahms Beloved on Telarc, with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and accompanying Dame Felicity Lott, Wolfgang Holzmair, Indra Thomas and Nicole Cabell.

John Axelrod graduated in 1988 from Harvard University. Trained personally by Leonard Bernstein in 1982, he also studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Ilya Musin in 1996.

http://www.johnaxelrod.com/
General management: Resia Artists - http://www.resiartists.it/

2016-17 Season - Not to be altered without permission. Please contact VJAM for HD pictures
Photo credits © Stefano Bottesi / D. Vass

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