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Andreas Delfs Appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra

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June 2, 2015, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—Robert T. Stroker, Dean and Vice Provost for the Arts at Temple University announced today that Andreas Delfs has been appointed to the position of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra (TUSO). “We are honored to have an artist of Maestro Delfs’ international reputation and stature come to Temple and work with our talented orchestra,” said Dean Stroker. “He will bring his vast experience and creative vision to the TUSO to promote our mission of creative excellence and providing opportunities for students.” Delfs will also serve as Professor of Music in the Department of Instrumental Studies at the Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Andreas Delfs

Andreas Delfs has worked with some of the most renowned musical soloists such as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, and Renée Fleming. He has led many of the world’s noted ensembles, including the London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. He was Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for twelve seasons, during which time he was instrumental in the orchestra’s rise to national prominence.

“I am looking forward to joining the distinguished faculty of Temple University and help raise a new generation of musicians to the highest standards of artistic excellence, creative vision and professional responsibility so that classical music performance may advance to a new era of growth and appreciation," said Maestro Delfs.

The Temple University Symphony Orchestra (TUSO) performs at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and the Temple Performing Arts Center. The TUSO has recorded three Grammy-nominated orchestral works on BCM&D Records, the in-house label at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. The TUSO has premiered works in New York and Philadelphia that have been commissioned by the College from composers such as Michael Daugherty, Dave Brubeck, Bill Cunliffe, and Bill McGlaughlin.

Maestro Delfs led the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as Music Director and Artistic Consultant from 2001 to 2006. He served as General Music Director of Hannover, Germany (1995-2000), conducting the symphony orchestra and opera company. Prior to his time in Hannover, Maestro Delfs was Music Director of the Bern Opera, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony during the tenure of Lorin Maazel, and Music Director, at an early age, of the Orchestre Suisse des Jeunes.

His busy guest conducting schedule has brought him recently to the podiums of the Tonkünstler-Orchester Vienna, Calgary Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He conducted the Britten Sinfonia in a performance of Elijah at London’s Barbican Hall as well as two new operatic productions, including Turandot at Opera Lyra Ottawa and Carmen at Opera North. This season Andreas Delfs will debut with the Singapore Symphony, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestras.

Maestro Delfs has conducted numerous world premieres and has close links with many of today’s composers. He counts among his profound musical inspirations musicians such as John Corigliano, Philip Glass, Roberto Sierra, and the late Hans Werner Henze. His recent recording projects include Robert Sierra’s Missa Latina with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on the Naxos label and Beethoven Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and pianist John O’Conor on the Telarc label. Other recording projects have included a collection of sacred songs with Renée Fleming for Decca, a production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for Avie, as well as a recording of Mozart’s Requiem, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Among Andreas Delfs’ most notable operatic achievements has been his highly praised debut with the New York City Opera conducting performances of Carmen and a production of the uncut version of Hans Werner Henze’s monumental König Hirsch for the Württemberg State Theatre in Stuttgart. He led four productions at the Aspen Music Festival and gave the Swiss premiere of György Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, which received special praise from the composer.

Born in Flensburg, Germany, Andreas Delfs began studying piano and music theory at the age of five. Entering the Hamburg Conservatory, he studied with renowned conductor Christoph von Dohnányi and Aldo Ceccato. At age 20, Andreas Delfs became the youngest ever Music Director of the Hamburg University Orchestra and Musical Assistant at the Hamburg State Opera. He then moved to New York, where he studied with Jorge Mester and Sixten Ehrling at Juilliard, won the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, and completed his Master of Music degree.

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