Robert Spano is one of the brightest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. As
music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he has enriched and expanded its
repertoire and elevated the ensemble to new levels of international prominence. In 2012,
Mr. Spano becomes music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and is also a
fellow of the Aspen Institute as part of the Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence
Mr. Spano's 2011-2012 engagements include appearances with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra,
Minnesota Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic
Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney
Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Luke's. He conducts the Juilliard Orchestra as well as the
Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Philadelphia and at the Dresden Music Festival. This spring,
he marks the final year of his three-year residency at Emory University, a testament to his
communicative abilities and passion for education. In its 165-year history, Emory
University has honored only seven other individuals with such expansive residencies,
including the Dalai Lama, former President Jimmy Carter, and author Salman Rushdie.
In October, Mr. Spano conducted Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the US premiere of Esa-Pekka
Salonen's Nyx in Atlanta and at Carnegie Hall. He conducts three world premieres in Atlanta
this season: an ASO commission by Atlanta School of Composers member Adam Schoenberg, and
works by Alvin Singleton and Marcus Roberts. Mr. Spano oversees two Theater of a Concert
performances: Bach's St. Matthew Passion and John Adams's A Flowering Tree.
With a discography of 16 critically acclaimed recordings for Telarc and Deutsche
Grammophon, Mr. Spano has garnered six Grammy Awards. In February 2011, the Atlanta
Symphony Orchestra and Naxos created the ASO Media record label; the label's first
recording was released in April 2011.
Musical America's 2008 Conductor of the Year, Mr. Spano is on the faculty of Oberlin
Conservatory of Music, and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State
University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, and Oberlin College.