Hailed as a “leading force for the music of our time,” for her work as a conductor, communicator, recording artist, audience builder, champion of American composers and distinguished musical citizen, JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. She has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.
Falletta’s discs have won two Grammy Awards and ten Grammy nominations. Her discography of over 100 recordings includes performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Arts Festival, Ulster Orchestra, London Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Philadelphia Philharmonia, Women’s Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony, and Czech National Symphony, among others.
In 2016, Ms. Falletta was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining an esteemed roster that dates back to the Academy’s founding in 1780. She has served as a Member of the National Council on the Arts and is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards. She has introduced over 500 works by American composers, including well over 100 world premieres.
In addition to her current position with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony and Brevard Music Center, Ms. Falletta is artistic director of the Hawaii Symphony, and has held the positions of principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, music director of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the Denver Chamber Orchestra. JoAnn Falletta received her undergraduate degree from the Mannes School of Music, and her master’s and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School.