“The orchestra under Lawrence Golan was virtually impeccable in some difficult selections. They not only avoided the pitfalls but brought out some nice details that tend to get lost in recordings.”
-Portland Press Herald
Lawrence Golan is making his mark on the world of classical music through his passion for and success in developing new audiences. His inspired and committed performances combined with his creative imagination for programming and presenting concerts as well as his enthusiastic and engaging off_podium interactions with the public have brought him national recognition, awards, and accolades. Recent honors include those for innovative programming (ASCAP, 2004), artistic standards (Downbeat Magazine, 2003), education and scholarship (University of Denver, 2002 & 2003), and audience development (Conductors Guild, 2001).
Maestro Golan is an active symphony, opera, and ballet conductor. He has conducted in many states across the country including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Internationally, some of the orchestras, opera, and ballet companies he has conducted include the Russian State Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra in England, Musica Aperta in Italy, the Valcea Philharmonic in Romania, the Zabrze Philharmonic in Poland, and the Bolshoi National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Uzbekistan. Operas that Mr. Golan has conducted recently include Rigoletto, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, and The Merry Widow. Upcoming performances include Ravel's opera-ballet L'Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Porto Festival in Portugal, an all-American program with the Orquesta de San Luis de Potosi in Mexico, a concert at the Ibiza Festival in Spain, and conducting for the Scriabin International Piano Competition in Grosseto, Italy.
Lawrence Golan was brought up in a musical family. His father, Joseph Golan, Principal Second Violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 49 years, taught him to play the violin at an early age. Later studies included work with Yuval Yaron, Josef Gingold, and James Buswell. Golan holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Indiana University and a Doctorate from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He eventually shifted his focus towards conducting and was awarded fellowships to two of the most celebrated institutions: the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. The long list of distinguished conductors with whom Mr. Golan has studied at various festivals and institutes includes Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Robert Spano, Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Harold Farberman, Marin Alsop, Murry Sidlin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Pinchas Zukerman.
Golan's first professional position was that of Principal Second Violinist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. From 1990 to 2001 he was Concertmaster of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Director of String Studies at the University of Southern Maine where in 1999 he won the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher and Scholar Award. Also in 1999 he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood.
Mr. Golan has recorded for the Albany, Authentic, and Entrata Record labels and has had compositions, editions, and arrangements published by Ludwig Music, Mel Bay Publications, and Spurwink River Publishing.
Currently based in Denver with his wife Cecilia, a linguist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lawrence Golan is Music Director and Conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre. In addition, he is Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Conducting at the University of Denver and conductor of the Portland Ballet Company.
“The audience was younger than that at most symphony and chamber music concerts. Golan's idea of introducing classical music to new listeners seems to be working”
-Portland Press Herald