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Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Spring Concert with special guest Midori

Hayes Hall

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May 8, 7:00pm
Hayes Hall 7:00pm
 
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Spring Concert
Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
with special guest Midori


Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Radu Paponiu, conductor
Midori
, violin

Programming to be announced.

Associate Conductor Radu Paponiu and the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra are joined by guest violinist Midori for a special evening of classical works.


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The Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is generously endowed by the Schoen Family Foundation.

Youth Orchestra

Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra


The Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (NPYO) is an intensive musical program that provides opportunities for accomplished middle school and high school student musicians to perform a wide range of symphonic works under the baton of Radu Paponiu, associate conductor of the Naples Philharmonic.

Learn more about the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Midori

Midori


Midori is a visionary artist, activist and educator whose unique career has transcended traditional boundaries through her relentless drive to explore and build connections between music and the human experience. Never at rest, Midori brings the same dynamic innovation and expressive insight that has made her a top concert violinist to her other roles as a leading global cultural ambassador and a dedicated music educator.

A leading concert violinist for over 30 years, Midori regularly transfixes audiences around the world, bringing together graceful precision and intimate expression that allows the listening public to not just hear music but to be personally moved by it.  She has performed with the world’s top orchestras, including the London Symphony; Staatskapelle Dresden; Mahler Chamber Orchestra; New York Philharmonic; Chicago Symphony; Atlanta Symphony; Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal; Cincinnati Symphony; Pittsburgh Symphony and the Czech Philharmonic. In addition, she has collaborated with leading musicians, such as Péter Eötvös; Christoph Eschenbach; Daniele Gatti; Alan Gilbert; Susanna Mälkki; Robert Spano; James Conlon and Paavo Järvi, among others.

Radu Paponiu

Radu Paponiu


Radu Paponiu is the associate conductor of the Naples Philharmonic and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Since 2017, Radu has conducted the Naples Philharmonic in more than 70 different classical, education and pops programs. As a guest conductor, Radu has appeared with the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and National Repertory Orchestra. Radu has collaborated with notable soloists such as Yefim Bronfman, Vladimir Feltsman, Robert Levin, Nancy Zhou, and the Ébène Quartet. Radu regularly serves as cover conductor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and he has assisted conductors including Andrey Boreyko, Iván Fischer, Fabio Luisi, Stéphane Denève, Hans Graf, Donald Runnicles, Cristian Măcelaru, Bernard Labadie and Ludovic Morlot. Radu has served on the conducting faculty of the Juilliard Pre-College, as well as conductor for the Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard in Shanghai, China, and the Southeast Asia Music Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Radu completed his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Hugh Wolff. While in Boston, Radu was also conductor apprentice with the Handel and Haydn Society. In the summer of 2017, Radu was appointed assistant conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado, as well as conducting fellow for the Cabrillo Festival Workshop in California. Radu participated in the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School as the recipient of both the Albert Tipton Aspen Fellowship and the David A. Karetsky Memorial Fellowship. In Aspen, Radu furthered his studies under the guidance of Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Leonard Slatkin, Patrick Summers and Federico Cortese.

Radu began his musical studies on the violin at age 7, studying privately with Carmen Runceanu and Ștefan Gheorghiu. After coming to the United States at the invitation of the Perlman Music Program, Radu completed two degrees in violin performance under the guidance of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. As a soloist and chamber musician, Radu has appeared in festivals throughout Europe and North America, collaborating with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Clive Greensmith, Martin Beaver, Merry Peckham and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.

Radu currently resides in Naples, Florida, with his wife, flutist Blair Francis Paponiu. In his spare time, he enjoys chamber music reading parties, fishing, biking and playing tennis.

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