DAVID BERNARD, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Conductor David Bernard has gained recognition for his dramatic and incisive conducting in the United Stated and in over 20 countries on four continents. A multiple First Prize Winner of the Orchestral Conducting Competition of The American Prize, David Bernard was described by the judges as "a first rate conductor. With no score, an animated and present Maestro Bernard led a phenomenal performance of incredibly difficult repertoire-masterly in shaping, phrasing, technique and expressivity". Alan Young of lucidculture praised Bernard's recent Lincoln Center performance of Stravinsky and Wagner: "Conducting from memory, David Bernard led a transcendent performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Segues were seamless, contrasts were vivid and Stravinsky's whirling exchanges of voices were expertly choreographed." David Bernard's discography includes 17 albums spanning music from Vivaldi to Copland, including a complete Beethoven symphony cycle praised for its "intensity, spontaneity, propulsive rhythm, textural clarity, dynamic control, and well-judged phrasing" (Fanfare).
David Bernard is an acclaimed orchestra builder and is sought after for his artistic leadership and innovation in community engagement. Under his leadership as Music Director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony since 1999, the orchestra has thrived-expanding its audience, growing the ensemble and achieving critical acclaim. Bernard's approach to growing new audiences for classical music include engaging families in the community through schools, presenting multi-media presentations and InsideOut performances where audiences sit inside the orchestra during concerts.
Devoted to the music of our own time, Mr. Bernard has presented world premières of scores by Bruce Adolphe, Chris Caswell, John Mackey, and Ted Rosenthal, and distinguished concert collaborators have included Jeffrey Biegel, Carter Brey, David Chan, Catherine Cho, Pedro Díaz, Stanley Drucker, Bart Feller, Ryu Goto, Whoopi Goldberg, Sirena Huang, Judith Ingolfsson, Christina Jennings, Yevgeny Kutik, Anna Lee, Jessica Lee, Kristin Lee, Jon Manasse, Anthony McGill, Spencer Myer, Todd Phillips, and James Archie Worley.
An active guest conductor throughout the greater New York City area, David Bernard has appeared with the Brooklyn Symphony, the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Litha Symphony, the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, the Putnam Symphony and the South Shore Symphony. Mr. Bernard has previously served as Music Director of the Stony Brook University Orchestra, the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island, and Theater Three.
JOSÃˆ ALEJANDRO GUZMÃ€N
JosÃ¨ Alejandro GuzmÃ n began his conducting career as chorus master of the Bronx Opera [1973- 1980] and assistant conductor of the Bronx Symphony [1973- 1983]. Taking time off for study, he returned briefly in 1994 as its Associate Conductor for a year and then for a season as its Principal Conductor becoming Music Director from 1998 until 2014. Previously, he had made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the Boricua College gala 40th anniversary concert in 1984. Maestro Guzman has been the Artistic and Music Director and Principal Conductor of several groups, including the Centre Symphony Orchestra, the Regina Opera Company, the Staten Island Philharmonic, the Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra, the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble and the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra. He performed with the Centre Symphony, the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, the Riverside Symphony Orchestra, the Bel Canto Opera Company, the Bronx Chamber Orchestra, the New Rochelle Opera Company, the Amore Opera Company and the Brooklyn Heights Orchestra, among others. This season marks his 5th year as music director of the CSO.
An ardent advocate of contemporary music and innovative programming, Bulgarian-born conductor Guerguan Tsenov is the founder and the music director of Tsenov ChamberEnsemble a New York City based string orchestra devoted primarily to the performance and promotion of contemporary classical music. Led by his passionate desire to share the music of his native land, recently Mr. Tsenov was invited to present two highly successful concerts in Carnegie Hall and John F. Kennedy Center with all-Bulgarian program.
Guerguan Tsenov has led most of the major orchestras in his native country Bulgaria including Sofia State Philharmonic, New Symphony Orchestra, Classic FM Symphony Orchestra, Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of The National Academy of Music in Sofia. In the United States, Mr. Tsenov has performed with AACA Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival, Juilliard Conductors Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (NY), Broadway Bach Ensemble (NY), Detroit Civic Orchestra, and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.Major venues include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and John F. Kennedy Center.
Mr. Tsenov received his musical training first at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, where he studied orchestral and opera conducting with Vassil Kazandjiev. Later he continued his conducting studies under James DePreist at the Juilliard School in New York. In 2007, Mr. Tsenov was invited to the Aspen Music Festival as a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen where he worked and performed under the direction of David Zinman. Other conductors with whom Guerguan Tsenov has closely collaborated include Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas and George Manahan. In 2007, immediately after his Juilliard graduation, Tsenov was appointed Resident Conductor of NYU Symphony Orchestras where he worked and performed with the university’s two main symphony orchestras – NYU Symphony Orchestra and NYU Repertory Orchestra. His most recent appointment was as a principal conductor of the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra in New York.
Guerguan Tsenov is a recipient of the Award of the International Academy of Arts as well as the Award of the Open Society Foundation for his musical achievements. He has been two times recipient of the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship and he has been finalist at Dimitris Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition and Gennady Rozhdestvensky International Conducting Competition.
Peter Schubart received his B.M. and M.M from The Juilliard School of music, where he studied conducting and composition with David Diamond, Bernard Rands, Stephen Albert, Marvin Hamlisch, and Joseph Schwantner. His music has been premiered at Alice Tully Hall and Michael Paul Hall at Lincoln Center and Next Stage Company in Manhattan. He has played the WX-7 Wind Controller for premieres at the Lincoln Center Institute in the Electronic Music Concert Series. The full-time St. Martin of Tours Music Director and organist since 1989, Mr. Schubart established the St.Martin’s Symphony and Choir. He is also the director of the DeSeversky Chamber Singers. Peter premiered Robert Dennis’s “Northern Lights” for the WQXR radio program hosted by Peter Schikele (PDQ Bach) that was entitled New and Unusual Instruments of the 21st Century and premiered Meyer Kupferman’s Mystique for saxophone sextet, with the Adolphe Saxophone Sextet on WNYC’s Around New York program and the Rhinebeck Arts Festival. He has performed and conducted with the New York Composers Consortium and the Long Island Composers Alliance. Mr. Schubart composed and conducted the soundtrack to the documentary film Compassion: a Story of Vision and Hope about the Passionist monasteries past, present and future. Mr. Schuabrt has been a featured guest conductor with the Babylon Chorale, Massapequa Philharmonic, The Next Stage Company of Contemporary music, The Juilliard Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Sound Symphony. He currently resides in Babylon and oversees the musical development of his six children on a combination of five different instruments.
Adam Glaser is one of the most promising young conductors on the music scene today. A conducting faculty member of the Juilliard Pre-College Division since 1999, Mr. Glaser conducts the Juilliard Pre-College and serves as Chair of the division’s Conducting Department. As Director of Orchestras at Hofstra University, he conducts the Hofstra Symphony Orchestra and Hofstra Chamber Orchestra, and teaches graduate-level orchestral conducting. In the summer, he serves as Resident Principal Conductor of the Usdan Center for the Arts. Mr. Glaser is the creator and host of The Composer’s Paintbrush, a series in which he leads audiences through an exploration of the creative techniques behind musical masterworks, recently presented by New York’s prestigious Morgan Library & Museum. Mr. Glaser has received awards from the Hermitage Artist Retreat and the American-Austrian Foundation, whose Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors sponsored his residence at the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Philharmonic’s Attergau Orchestra Institute. Guest conducting appearances include performances with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra (NJ), Victoria Symphony (BC), the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the NAfME All-Eastern Honors Orchestra in Hartford, CT, along with the orchestras of the Curtis Institute of Music, the University of Michigan, the New York Summer Music Festival, the New England Music Festival and the Connecticut All-State Music Festival. Mr. Glaser earned a Diploma in orchestral conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School Pre-College Division in composition, and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Additional studies include piano performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and composition at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division.