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Conductor, David André, a California native, commenced his music studies at age five receiving his baccalaureate degree from San Francisco State University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Washington. A contrabassist with the Seattle Symphony, he served as principal chairman of that section in the San Jose Symphony, chairman of the Cabrillo College music department, and assistant conductor for the internationally acclaimed Cabrillo Music Festival. A finalist in the Georg Solti Conducting Competition in 1972, he then became music director for the symphonies of Everett, Maui & Port Angeles, which he toured through China in 1985. He became music director of the Tulare County Symphony in 1985, and in 1992 was designated “An American Cultural Specialist” by the U.S. State Department.

Since that time André has been guest conducting many of the major symphony orchestras of the world every year, including those in Moscow, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Prague, Kazan, Budapest, Kiev, Minsk, Sofia, and many others. Much of his guest appearances have also found him in Central America, Mexico, Canada, and of course, the United States. He has served as chief conductor for the Alicanti Music Festival in Spain and the Arcady Music Festival in Maine, was engaged by the U.S. State Department to conduct the National Symphony of the Ukraine for the 10th anniversary celebration of U.S. diplomatic relations with the former Soviet States, and was invited by the Russian Ministry of Culture to be the first American to conduct the Russian National Folk Orchestra.

A fine, gifted conductor, David André is committed to programming music that motivates every orchestra with whom he has worked. He is also dedicated to providing the entertaining element in his programs that gratifies the audience. His conducting is instilled with extraordinary care and insightful comprehension. The mark of a true music conductor is to inspire the individual players to exceed their own personal goals and to band them together in meeting the collective challenge. David André has shown repeatedly that orchestras under his masterful direction do realize their very best.



© David André, 2010