GUEST CONDUCTORS
                   with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


Andrés Franco
June 15

Bruno Poindefert
June 22

Peter Bay
June 29


 ANDRÉS FRANCO is in his fourth Season as Music Director of the Philharmonia of Kansas City  and  has been recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Mr.  Franco has been increasingly active as a conductor in the U.S. and South America. His diverse  performance experience includes conducting the premiere of “Escenas Convergentes”, a work  written by Luis Franco involving symphony orchestra, soloists and folk musicians as well as  dancers and multimedia; and “Invierno Porteno”, a co-production of the Philharmonia of Kansas  City and the Kansas City Ballet School, where he appeared as piano soloist and conductor  performing music by Astor Piazzolla.

 Andrés Franco studied conducting with Maestros German Gutierrez and Nicholas Uljanov and has  participated in master classes with renowned Conductors such as Maestros Miguel
  Harth-Bedoya,  Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwarz, Victor Yampolsky and Helmut Rilling.

 Born into a family of musicians, he started his studies under the direction of his father Jorge  Franco  as well as composer Luis Franco and pianist Lise Frank. He received a Bachelor's  Degree in  Piano Performance from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia under the  tutelage of  Radostina Petkova.

In 2002 Mr. Franco completed a Master's in Piano Performance as a student of Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jose Feghali. He also received a master's degree in Orchestral Conducting from Texas Christian University. During his studies he served as the Assistant Conductor of both the TCU Symphony and the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth.

Bruno Poindefert has been leading at the same time a career as a music conductor, an instructor and a conservatoire director. All these activities have enabled him to create or develop some structures to favorise the diffusion of art and the effective management of the institutions he was in charge of.

Born in Paris in 1958, he entered the conservatoire National Supérieur of music of Paris at the
age of 15. There, he studied harmony, counter-point, fugues, analysis, musicology, orchestration
and music conducting. He obtained 7 first prices. He obtained also 2 first prizes in piano and trumpet, and master degree in musicology at La Sorbonne University where he specialized in the dramatic language of Puccini. Pupil of J.S. Bereau, Bruno Poindefert has worked with famous
music conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Franco Ferrara, Charles Bruck, Jean Fournet, Ferdinand LeitnerLaureate of the International competitive exam of music conductors in Besançon (France) in 1986, he was recruited the following year by the minister of culture as a music conductor assistant. This position gave him the opportunity to conduct most regional and national French orchestras. He worked with many music conductors: Jean-Claude Casadessus, Theodor Guschlbauer, Marc Soustrot, Philippe Bender, Patrick FournillierOn 1990, Bruno Poindefert was nominated as a director of the conservatoire of the centre of Paris where he was asked to create musical programs all year long.

As an artistic director and music conductor of the concerts of the conservatoire, he succeeded in a few years in developing a structure of about 30 events (operas, symphonic music, chamber music, lectures), gathering more than 10 thousand spectators by year. Meanwhile, he took part in the lyrical productions of the Salle Favart, and at the of saint-Etienne Opera house, where he conducted for example Traviata , Erzsebet (Charles Chaynes), Vol de Nuit (Luigi Dallapiccola), le Mikado (Sullivan), Madame L'Archiduc (Offenbach). He conducted many operas in Paris : Carmen , Il Trovatore, Tosca, Don Giovanni, Madama Buterfly.

He recorded a C.D. for the American company ELAN with some rarely performed pieces of Germaine Tailleferre and Randall Snyder. He is currently developing his career on an international level: Budapest , Berlin Luyblyana. He has conducted Massenet's Don Quichotte in Torino 's Teatro Regio. He worked in Ravenna Festival (Gounod's Faust), and was invited by Ricardo Muti to conduct Cherubini Orchestra. Since 2005, he has been Ricardo Muti assistant in Piacenza and he regularly works with Cherubini Orchestra. Lately, he has been invited in Milano for the Serate Musicale to conduct the orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali.

 The highly respected Music Director of the Austin Symphony since 1998, PETER BAY is also Music  Director of the Britt Festivals Orchestra in Jacksonville , Oregon . Prior to his appointment in Austin  Bay was Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic and Principal Guest Conductor of the Rochester  Philharmonic.

 Guest conducting appearances for Mr. Bay have included engagements with the Dallas, Houston,  Baltimore, New Jersey, National, and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras as well as the Buffalo  Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Syracuse, Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia, West  Virginia, Alabama, Honolulu and Eugene (OR) Symphonies. In Austin , Mr. Bay made an  unprecedented beginning to the city's 2002-03 and 2003-04 cultural seasons by conducting the  opening performances of all three of top performing institutions there: the Symphony, Ballet Austin  and Austin Lyric Opera. In addition to the guest conducting engagements listed above, Bay has  also appeared as a guest conductor with the Louisiana, Hudson Valley, Reno, Rhode Island,  Tulsa, and Fort Wayne Philharmonics and with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da  Camera (IL), Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, Solisti New York, and the Theater Chamber Players of  the Kennedy Center. He conducted the National Orchestral Institute Orchestra at the University of  Maryland in a performance which was included in the 1997 American Symphony Orchestra League Conference. In May 1998 he made his European debut with the Bochum Symphony in Germany to rave reviews. Recent European engagements have taken Bay to Austria and to Portugal.

Also active as an opera conductor, Mr. Bay conducted the Austin Lyric Opera's production of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire in January 2002 and their La Traviata in November 2002. In November 2003 he returned to the company for performances of Turandot. During the 2004-05 season, Mr. Bay conducted the company's production of Le Nozze di Figaro . He has also made guest appearances with the opera theatres of Eastman and Aspen.

A native of Washington DC , Peter Bay is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Peabody Institute. In 1994 he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors program. He was also the first place winner of the 1980 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Young Conductors Competition and the 1987 Leopold Stowkowski Competition sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra in New York.

Mr. Bay began his association with the Rochester Philharmonic during the 1987-88 season. His positions there included that of Assistant Conductor, Conductor-in-Residence, Music Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor. During his tenure he conducted the RPO in over 300 performances. He and the RPO presented the world premiere of Aaron Copland's suite from the film “The Heiress” and the United States premiere of Benjamin Britten's Concerto Movement for Clarinet and Orchestra. His recording, “Voices,” features the percussion ensemble NEXUS with the RPO and is available on the Nexus label.

During his four-year tenure as Resident Conductor of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Peter Bay conducted the ensemble in numerous subscription concerts and led the Orchestra on tours through eight states. A special Copland 90 th Birthday Concert broadcast live over National Public Radio brought him national attention. Other previous positions held by Mr. Bay have included Music Director of the Annapolis Symphony, and Music Advisor and Principal Conductor of the Breckenridge Music Festival in Colorado . He held four different conducting posts with the Richmond Symphony in Virginia, with whom he gave the United States premiere of Benjamin Britten's The Sword in the Stone which was then recorded for Opus One Records. His summer festival appearances have included the Grant Park Music Festival and the Ravinia Festival in Illinois , the Round Top Festival (TX), Aspen (CO), OK Mozart (OK), Sewanee (TN), the Hot Springs Festival (AK) and Skaneateles (NY).

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