Mirroring Dallas’s cosmopolitan landscape, the musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra have come from around the globe to make exceptional music here. Meet the artists who help the DSO achieve its international acclaim.

FABIO LUISI MUSIC DIRECTOR LOUISE W. & EDMUND J. KAHN MUSIC DIRECTORSHIP

Fabio Luisi

Music Director

Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship

GRAMMY® Award winner Fabio Luisi launched his tenure as Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) at the start of the 2020/21 season. In January 2021, the DSO and Luisi announced an extension of the Music Director contract through the 2028/29 season. A maestro of major international standing, the Italian conductor is set to embark on his fifth season as Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and in September 2022 will assume the role of Principal Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He previously served for six seasons as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and nine seasons as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera.

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GEMMA NEW PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR DOLORES G. & LAWRENCE S. BARZUNE, M.D. CHAIR

Gemma New

Principal Guest Conductor

Dolores G. & Lawrence S. Barzune, M.D. Chair

Sought after for her insightful interpretations and dynamic presence, New Zealand-born Gemma New is Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Hailed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as “a rising star in the musical firmament”, New is the recipient of the prestigious 2021 Sir George Solti Conducting Award.

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Maurice Cohn

Assistant Conductor

Marena & Roger Gault Chair

A 2020 recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Maurice Cohn joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Conductor in the 2021/22 concert season. He was previously Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Philharmonia and is a regular guest conductor with the Chicago-based contemporary ensemble Zafa Collective.

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JEFF TYZIK PRINCIPAL POPS CONDUCTOR DOT & PAUL MASON PODIUM

Jeff Tyzik

Principal Pops Conductor

Dot & Paul Mason Podium

GRAMMY® Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s most innovative and sought-after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. This is the ninth season that Tyzik has held The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Detroit Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony.  This season, Tyzik will celebrate his 28th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

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JOSHUA HABERMANN CHORUS DIRECTOR JEAN D. WILSON CHAIR

Joshua Habermann

Chorus Director

Jean D. Wilson Chair

The 2020/21 season marks Joshua Habermann’s 11th year as Chorus Director in the Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Habermann is also in his 13th season as Artistic Director of The Desert Chorale, a nationally-acclaimed professional chamber choir based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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