John Giordano

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John Giordano currently holds the title of Distinguished Fellow in Music at Texas Christian University where he has been a member of its faculty since 1973. At the present time he also serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Giordano was the Music Director and Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for 28 seasons and propelled the orchestra to a fully professional and artistically acclaimed ensemble. He currently holds the title of Music Director Emeritus. Giordano founded the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra that appeared in Carnegie Hall and toured Spain, Mexico and the People's Republic of China. A number of acclaimed recordings with both ensembles have been produced under his direction. He has appeared as guest conductor in Europe, Mexico, South America, England, China, Philippines, Taiwan and throughout the United States. Giordano has conducted world premieres of works by Gian Carlo Menotti, Benjamin Lees, Samuel Adler, Ezra Laderman, and Joaquin Rodrigo. In addition, he has recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Chamber Orchestra and the National Radio and Television Orchestra of Belgium.

Maestro Giordano is a versatile musician whose talents encompass composing, arranging, and teaching as well as conducting. His published compositions include award-winning film scores for the documentaries Milepost 407 and A Great Hall Rises, celebrating the dedication of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall. In 1989, the George Gershwin estate gave him special authorization to arrange Cuban Overture, Rhapsody in Blue and sections of Porgy and Bess for chamber orchestra. He also conducted his adaptation of jazz composer-performer Ornette Coleman's Skies of America with major European orchestras in festivals and concert halls throughout Europe.


Always dedicated to music education as part of his multi-faceted career, Maestro Giordano is a founder of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival for Young Artists and has served on the faculties of Texas Christian University, the University of North Texas, and Tarleton State University. In addition, he is Music Director Emeritus of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth. Giordano has served as jury chairman for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition since 1973.

A New York native, Maestro Giordano holds BM and MM degrees from Texas Christian University. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, where he earned the Premier Prix with Distinction and the Diplome Superieur. He has post-graduate study at the University of Southern California and has completed studies for the Ph.D. in Music from the University of North Texas. In 1980, Texas Wesleyan University bestowed upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.
In 1996, the trustees of Texas Christian University recognized Maestro Giordano’s lifelong dedication to excellence in music and music education by naming the piano wing of the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Performing Arts Center in his honor.  

Promoting multicultural unity has always been a major aspect of Giordano’s life. Beginning at the age of seventeen, he has performed and conducted throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America in jazz bands, recording studios and symphony orchestras with musicians of every cultural and economic background. During his tenure with the Fort Worth Symphony, Maestro Giordano established the policy of presenting concerts throughout the diverse cultural areas of the Community. In 1974 he founded “Music In”, a summer program in which children of every cultural and economic background were transported daily to a central location where they were provided with instruments and taught by members of the Fort Worth Symphony. The summer’s training culminated in their performance on a concert in which they played a work, arranged by Giordano, with the Fort Worth Symphony.  In 1978 Giordano traveled to Canton, Beijing and Shanghai in the Peoples Republic of China as a guest of its Minister of Culture and arranged for China’s initial participation in the 1981 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.


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