Piotr Anderszewski

Jean-Philippe Collard pianist

Alan Feinberg              pianist

Horacio Gutiérrez       pianist

Daniel Hege                  conductor

Angela Hewitt              pianist

Steven Hough             pianist

Leila Josefowicz           violinist

Stephen Kovacevich     pianist

David Lockington        conductor

Louis Lortie                  pianist

Ivan Moravec                pianist

Elmar Oliveira             violinist

Awadagin Pratt            pianist

Thomas Quasthoff       bass-baritone

The Takács Quartet   

Christian Tetzlaff        violinist

Maximiano Valdés       conductor

André Watts                 pianist

Daniel Hege


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July 2001

Now in his third season as Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Hege is widely recognized as one of America's finest young conductors, earning critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire and for his commitment to creative programming..

After a nationwide search, Mr. Hege was named Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in April, 1999. His previous positions include Music Director of the Haddonfield Symphony (New Jersey), Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Music Director of the Encore Chamber Orchestra in Chicago, and Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony, where he was twice honored by the American Symphony Orchestra League for innovative programming. In June 2001, he finished a five-year tenure with the Baltimore Symphony, where he held the titles of Assistant, Associate and Resident Conductor , and led the orchestra in subscription, family and run-out concerts.

Recent guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Houston, Seattle, Oregon, Colorado, and Charlotte symphonies, the Rochester and Louisiana Philharmonics, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has also made two recordings; a disc with the Baltimore Symphony and the Morgan State University Choir featuring works by Adolphus Hailstork, and his first CD with the Syracuse Symphony with pieces by Verdi, Barber, Debussy, Respighi and James Johnson.

Highlights of Daniel Hege's 2001-02 season include debuts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic and the North Carolina and Wichita symphonies, subscription concerts with the Baltimore Symphony as well as re-engagements with the Houston and Colorado symphonies and the Rochester and Naples Philharmonics.

Daniel Hege received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987 from Bethel College, Kansas, where he majored in music and history, and earned a Master of Music degree in orchestra conducting from the University of Utah where he also founded the University Chamber Orchestra and served as Assistant Conductor of the University Orchestra and Music Director of the Utah Singers. He subsequently studied with Paul Vermel at the Aspen Music Festival and in Los Angeles with noted conductor and pedagogue Daniel Lewis.

Mr. Hege first began making headlines in the spring of 1990 when he won a national conducting competition and became Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles. Following this impressive accomplishment, he was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in the spring of 1991 and also served as Principal Conductor of Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, where he worked with such artists as Henry Mancini, John Williams, Branford Marsalis, Doc Severinsen and Dudley Moore. These concerts were televised nationally by the Disney Channel to more than 50 million viewers.

Born in Colorado, Mr. Hege currently resides in Syracuse with his wife, Katarina Oladottir Hege, a violinist, and their two daughters.

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