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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. A maestro of major international standing, the Italian conductor embarks on his ninth and final season as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera and his fifth as Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. He previously served for six seasons as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan 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 a leader among the new generation of conductors. She is currently in her sixth season as the Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and her second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Hailed as “a rising star in the musical firmament” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), New was awarded Solti Foundation Career Assistance Awards in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

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KATHARINA WINCOR ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR MARENA AND ROGER GAULT CHAIR

Katharina Wincor

Assistant Conductor

Marena & Roger Gault Chair

Austrian conductor Katharina Wincor, recipient of the Neeme Järvi Prize at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in 2017, was born in 1995 and trained as a pianist and oboist while attending the Senior High School of Music, Linz (Austria). She studied composition at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz from 2009 to 2014.

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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 eighth 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, the Oregon Symphony and The Florida Orchestra.  This season, Tyzik will celebrate his 26th 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 10th year as Chorus Director in the Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Habermann is also in his 12th season as Artistic Director of The Desert Chorale, a nationally-acclaimed professional chamber choir based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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