Music

Past Directors

Lanfranco Marcelletti

(1997-2001)

The Brazilian conductor and pianist Lanfranco Marcelletti was brought to the United States by the late Maestro Eleazar de Carvalho to study on a full scholarship at the Yale University School of Music.

First prizewinner of the 1998 Selection of Latin-American Conductors in Santiago, Chile, Mr. Marcelletti made his debut with the Chilean National Orchestra last November. Future engagements include two concerts in Mendoza, Argentina (March 1999) and two in Brazil. In 1996, the São Paulo Association of Critics of Art awarded him the prize Debut Artist Conductor of the Year, after his debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in the fall that year.

In the summer of 1998, Mr. Marcelletti worked at the Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, NY, as assistant conductor and coach pianist for the Maestro Stewart Robertson. This summer, he will return to Cooperstown as assistant conductor for Maestros George Manaham and Stewart Robertson.

For three consecutive years (1995-1997), Mr. Marcelletti was the music director and principal conductor of the Greater Waterbury Youth Symphony in Waterbury, Connecticut, and also conducted and taught at the Itu Arts Summer Festival, Brazil, where he served as musical coordinator and Maestro de Carvalho's assistant. For two summers (1996, 1997), he was the guest conductor of the Garret Lakes Arts Festival Orchestra in Maryland, having the renowned violinist Erik Friedman as his soloist both times.

Since he has been in the United States, Mr. Marcelletti served as assistant conductor of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (1996/97) and Yale Symphony Orchestra (1995/96); he has also served as the accompanist and assistant conductor of the New Haven Chorale. He has often conducted the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra and appeared as conductor and pianist in the New Music New Haven concert series. In the spring of 1997 he was also invited by the Yale School of Drama to be the Music Director of Kurt Weils' musical, Happy End. Among the other soloists with whom he has appeared are violist Nobuko Imai and bassoonist Frank Morelli. He has often been invited by the Maestro Gustav Meier to serve as cover conductor for the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. In August of 1997, he also conducted the Northeast Philharmonic in Brazil.

Mr. Marcelletti has participated in master classes led by Leopold Haager, Znedek Macal, Peter Oundjian, Glen Cortese and Kurt Masur. In the spring of 1996, he was one of the ten conductors invited to participate in the Manhattan School of Music Conductor's Workshop, New York, led by Maestros Kurt Masur, Glen Cortese, Julius Rudel and Sixten Ehrling.

Mr. Marcelletti received from the Yale School of Music a Master of Music degree in May 1996 and an Artist Diploma in May 1997. At Yale, he has studied under Lawrence Leighton Smith, to whom he served as assistant, Günther Herbig and Eleazar de Carvalho and has received many honors for his work. In 1997, Mr. Marcelletti was the first student to be honored with the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize. In 1996, he was awarded the Irving S. Gilmore and Lucy G. Moses Fellowships as well as the Dean's Prize for being an outstanding student in the graduating class. In 1995 he received the Charles Ives Scholarship.

Mr. Marcelletti began his musical education on the piano in his hometown of Recife, Brazil, with teachers Maria Auxiliadora de Melo and Dolores Portella. After graduating from the Conservatório Pernambucano de Música in 1982, he moved to Vienna, Austria to study piano with Professor Maria Regina Seidlhofer and composition with Professor Thomas David at the Musik Hochschule. He concluded his piano studies with Professor Jürg von Vintscheger at the Zürich Academy in Switzerland. In 1989, he was von Vintschger's assistant at the Corsi Internazionale di Norcia.

As a pianist, he won the first prize in the 1988 Giovanni Solisti di Roma competition. He has performed in many countries, including Brazil, Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, Finland, Austria, Germany and Hungary. His concerts have been broadcast in Italy and Brazil.

In 1990 he returned to São Paulo, Brazil, and began his conducting studies with Professor Ronaldo Bologna. At the TV Cultura network, he was in charge of artistic coordination of the classical music program First Movement, and was assistant conductor of the LBV Youth Orchestra.

Mr. Marcelletti returned to Recife in 1991, where he was appointed assistant conductor of the Recife Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Diogo Pacheco. One year later he became the principal conductor and directed many concerts including programs for children. He also created and taught classical courses for the general public and taught piano at the Conservatório Pernambucano de Música. In November 1992, the Pernambuco State Legislature unanimously awarded him a citation for his contribution to the cultural and artistic community. Mr. Marcelletti remained in Recife until enrolling at Yale in 1994.

 


Lewis Spratlan

(1996-1997 & prior to 1993)

Lewis Spratlan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, 2000, is a widely performed and much honored composer. A native of Miami, he studied with Mel Powell and Gunther Schuller at Yale and has taught and conducted at Tanglewood, The Yale Summer School of Music and Art, and Amherst College, where he has been on the faculty since 1970. His music has been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Pittsburgh, Miami, London, Moscow, Montreal, Toronto, and, perhaps, most significantly, Boston, where he has received commissions and premieres from the Boston Musica Viva, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, soprano Karol Bennett, and pianist John McDonald. Other New England-based ensembles, including the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Lydian String Quartet, the Windsor Quartet, and Ancora have performed his works as well.

He is the recipient of Guggenheim, NEA, Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and MacDowell Fellowships. His opera Life is a Dream (G. Schirmer) won a top prize in the Rockefeller Foundation-New England Conservatory Opera Competition and Apollo and Daphne Variations won the New England Composers Orchestra Competition for readings of new works.

In October 1989, Mr. Spratlan toured widely in Russia and Armenia as a guest of the Soviet Composers' Union. Toccapsody , for solo piano, and Apollo and Daphne Variations were premiered on this tour and Penelope's Knees was presented in Moscow's Rachmaninoff Hall under Emin Khatchatourian.

Recent projects include the world premiere of In Memoriam , for five soloists, double chorus, and orchestra, a work honoring the victims of conquest, focusing on the Mayans and their lineage; the release of a CD of Night Music , for violin, clarinet, and percussion; the American premiere and two additional performances of Apollo and Daphne Variations by the Florida Orchestra under Jahja Ling; a commission from the Mohawk Trail Concerts for a setting of Richard Wilbur's A Barred Owl , for baritone Jan Opalach; the premiere of Concertino, for violin and chamber ensemble with violinist Veronica Macchia-Kadlubkiewicz as soloist; the premiere of Psalm 42 , commissioned by soprano Judith Jones-Gale; and the premiere at the Knitting Factory of Vocalise with Duck , commissioned by the New York ensemble Sequitur, featuring soprano Dora Ohrenstein.

Mr. Spratlan's Pulitzer-Prize-winning opera Life is a Dream (Act II, concert version) was premiered on January 28 and 30, 2000 in Amherst and Cambridge, Massachusetts, by the Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble under the direction of J. David Jackson. Leading the cast were Metropolitan Opera artists John Cheek and Allan Glassman and soprano Christina Bouras of the New York City Opera. Sojourner for ten players, commissioned by the Koussevitzsky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, was also premiered on this occasion.

Premieres and performances in 2001 and 2002 have included the February 2001 New York premiere of When Crows Gather in Merkin Hall by Sequitur; the world premiere and an additional performance in Massachusetts of Mayflies , for soprano and four flutes (poetry by Richard Wilbur), and performances of Hung Monophonies , in March 2001, by the Left Coast Ensemble in San Francisco. Also in March 2001, Mr. Spratlan was in residence at the Indiana University School of Music, where Sojourner , When Crows Gather , and Mayflies were performed. Of Time and the Seasons (Seven Songs on Finnish Texts), commissioned by soprano Lucy Shelton and the Boston Musica Viva, received its world premiere in Boston in October 2001, and Life is a Dream (Act II) receives its New York premiere on New York City Opera's series "Showcasing American Composers" in May 2002.

Lewis Spratlan's works are recorded on the Opus One and Gasparo Labels. Vocalise with Duck will be released by CRI in 2002 and Sequitur will release an "All-Spratlan" CD in 2003. Mr. Spratlan is currently developing a chamber opera with librettist Constance Congdon for the San Francisco Opera, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere in spring 2004.

 


Anthony Princiotti

(1993-1996)

Anthony Princiotti, music director of the New Hampshire Philharmonic and associate conductor of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, is a native of Connecticut. In 1992, he was appointed acting music director and conductor of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, a position that became permanent in March of 1993. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra and, from 1993 to 1996, as Director of Instrumental Music and Conductor at Amherst College.

As a guest conductor, Princiotti has appeared with the Vermont Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the Sao Paolo State Symphony and the Norfolk Festival Chamber Orchestra. This season he returned to the podium of the Vermont Symphony, conducting a series of eight Summer Festival Tour concerts throughout the state as well subscription concerts last season in the orchestra's home base of Burlington.

Princiotti began his musical training at the age of four, studying violin with his father. He received his bachelor of music degree in 1980 from the Juilliard School, where he studied violin with Oscar Shumsky and viola with William Lincer. As a graduate student at Juilliard, he studied conducting with Sixten Ehrling and Alfred Wallenstein. In 1987, Princiotti was the recipient of a conducting fellowship at Tanglewood where he studied with Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Meier and Seiji Ozawa. Princiotti received his Master of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music in 1991, and received his doctorate in 1998. At Yale, his principal teachers were Eleazar de Carvalho and Gunther Herbig.

Between 1981 and 1987, Princiotti was first violinist with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, a New Hampshire-based ensemble that specialized in the chamber music repertoire for piano and strings. As a member of Apple Hill, he performed 70-80 concerts annually throughout the United States and taught every summer at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. During this time, he also served as the music director and conductor of the Brandeis University Orchestra. He currently resides in Walpole, New Hampshire.

 

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