JoAnn Falletta


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Grammy Award-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta serves as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, music director laureate of the Virginia Symphony, principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center, and artistic adviser of the Hawaii Symphony. She was recently named as one of the 50 great conductors of all time by Gramophone magazine. As music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Ms. Falletta became the first woman to lead a major American ensemble.

In Summer 2022, Ms. Falletta made her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at the Tanglewood Music Center. International highlights for 2022–23 include concerts in Spain, Sweden, Germany, and Croatia. Her recent and upcoming North American guest conducting includes the National Symphony and the orchestras of Baltimore, Detroit, Nashville, Indianapolis, Houston, Toronto, and Milwaukee. Internationally, she has conducted many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, and South America. In the past year, she has led the National Symphony in two PBS televised specials for New Year’s Eve and the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center.

With a discography of over 120 titles, Ms. Falletta is a leading recording artist for Naxos. She has won two individual Grammy Awards, including the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance as Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic in the world premiere Naxos recording, Richard Danielpour’s “The Passion of Yeshua.” In 2019, she won her first individual Grammy Award as Conductor of the London Symphony in the Best Classical Compendium category for Spiritualist, her fifth world premiere recording of the music of Kenneth Fuchs. Her Naxos recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan with the BPO received two Grammy Awards in 2008, and her 2020 Naxos recording with the BPO of orchestral music of Florent Schmitt received the prestigious Diapason d’Or Award.

Ms. Falletta is a member of the esteemed American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has served by Presidential appointment as a Member of the National Council on the Arts during the Bush and Obama administrations. In 2019, she was named Performance Today’s first Classical Woman of The Year.

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Ms. Falletta will conduct The Orchestra Now on October 16, 2022. She previously conducted TŌN on December 14, 2017; December 16 & 18, 2016; and April 29, 2016.

Bio: September 2022