Thomas Sleeper - Conductor
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Performed by the Naples Philharmonic, this concert is fast-paced, fun and family-friendly. The program is designed to be both entertaining and educational.
Thomas Sleeper enjoys a highly prolific career as both composer and conductor. Hailed by the Miami Herald as “a conductor of persuasive fluency and fiery conviction”, he began his professional career as a member of Fermata, an avant-garde group of composers and performers presenting annual concert series throughout Texas. At age 22, he was appointed Associate Conductor of the Dallas Civic Symphony. An active guest conductor in the U.S. and abroad, Sleeper has appeared with over 30 orchestras on four continents. He has conducted and recorded the premieres of works by numerous composers, including Henry Brant, Carlos Surinach, and Roberto Sierra. He has recorded on the Albany, Centaur, and Naxos labels, with excellent reviews in Fanfare, Gramophone and The American Record Guide.
Sleeper’s compositional oeuvre to date includes three symphonies, three orchestral song cycles, eight concerti, six operas, numerous chamber and solo works and music for film. He has been commissioned to write works for some of the finest performers of his generation including tenor John Duykers, violinist Hugo Ticciati, and high horn for the Berlin Philharmonic, Stefan de Leval Jezierski. His music has been performed across four continents and is available on the Albany, Centaur and Naxos labels.
"...his music is tonal and melodic [yet] Sleeper avoids highsucrose neo-Romanticism for a darker, more personal and edgy style, bristling with nervous energy. " — Sun-Sentinel
“Thomas Sleeper: a gifted composer, writing in a rigorous yet attractive tonal idiom” — Gramophone