Philadelphia Virtuosi

The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is a distinguished ensemble with a fast-growing international reputation for excellence. Praised for its ?innovative programming? by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the orchestra?s electric performances are often described by the press with comments such as ?captivating? (London Observer), ?dazzling? (Palm Beach Daily News), ?exciting? (San Francisco Examiner), ?breathtaking? (Bermuda Royal Gazette), and ?magnificent? (San Bernardino County Sun). Composed of some of the region?s foremost musicians, the group was founded in 1991 by music director and conductor Daniel Spalding. Under his baton, the orchestra performs an annual concert series in Center City Philadelphia, as well as in unusual venues throughout the region designed to reach new audiences. The orchestra?s vast repertoire encompasses Baroque to Modern. Programs often include new discoveries of less known works, world premieres, arrangements written especially for the Philadelphia Virtuosi, as well as standard repertoire, sometimes performed with creative visual effects such as special lighting or stage movement. Since 1996, the Philadelphia Virtuosi has been in constant demand outside its home city and is often on the road. The orchestra has performed at New York?s Lincoln Center, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Columbia University?s Miller Theater, the Bermuda Festival, on three extensive tours to South America, and in virtually every region of the United States. During the past three seasons, the orchestra traveled many thousands of miles with performances in California, Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, and many states in between. 

The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is also known for its impressive series of recordings on the Connoisseur Society label and on Naxos.  Pianoforte (UK) described their debut CD, which was a Grammy finalist, as ?a real success?a delight, full of fresh ideas?highly polished,? and the American Record Guide called it ?powerful?highly entertaining and exciting.? Their recording of the music of American composer George Antheil for the Naxos American Classics Series (including the enigmatic Ballet Mecanique) was ?Editor?s Choice? for Gramophone, chosen as ?CD of the week? by BBC Radio 3 and the London Observer, and as one of the top 10 classical CD?s of 2001 by the Chicago Tribune. It was also a best selling album in the UK and one of Naxos best selling CDs in the USA. Most recently, the orchestra has recorded the music of American composer Howard Hanson for Naxos which received the Third Annual Writers? Choice Award for Best CD in 2006 from Positive Feedback Online, and a second CD of the music of George Antheil for New World Records. These recordings are also receiving tremendous reviews from the world press. The orchestra is looking forward to making it's debut in Spain in November of 2009 with the extraordinary Romanian pianist Gabriela Imreh as soloist.

Daniel Spalding is Music Director and Conductor of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra as well as a versatile and frequent guest conductor throughout Europe and North America. Equally at home with music of all periods and styles, Daniel Spalding is especially known for his exciting presentations of contemporary American music and his lush interpretations of the Romantic repertoire. Diverse engagements such as the Mozart Requiem at Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, an extensive run of the Nutcracker with the Wisconsin Ballet , a new production of Il Trovatore with the Hungarian State Opera (Kolozsvar) , and Great Music from the Movies with the Sacramento Symphony have kept him in demand. Recommend by Aaron Copland, Daniel Spalding was chosen to present an All-American Concert with the Belgrade Philharmonic that was broadcast world wide on Voice of America. He is well known in England where he made his debut with the Guildford Philharmonic and is appearing regularly as guest conductor with the London Mozart Players at St. Martins-in-the-Fields. He was the first American to be invited to conduct the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia (Tomsk) , Russia's third oldest orchestra founded in 1872, and his recent performance of the Rachmaninoff Second Symphony with the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra in the Great Hall of the Academic Capella has brought future engagements in Russia as well as an invitation to adjudicate for the Prokoviev Conducting Competition.

Daniel Spalding has become best known for his work with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra , which he founded in 1991 with some of the finest musicians on the East Coast. It was with the PVCO that he made his debut at New York's Lincoln Center (1996) and Carnegie Hall (1998) and he has led the orchestra on major tours throughout the United States and South America. Under his baton the PVCO has recorded several well reviewed compact discs, one of which was a Grammy nomination finalist. Their most recent recording of the music of American composer George Antheil for the Naxos American Classics Series (including the Ballet Mecanique ) was "Editor's Choice" for Gramophone, chosen as "CD of the week" by BBC Radio 3 and the London Observer, and as one of the top 10 classical CD's of 2001 by the Chicago Tribune. It was also a best selling album in the UK.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Daniel Spalding is a member of the Wyandotte Indian Tribe of Oklahoma. He attended Northwestern University and furthered his conducting studies in Austria at the Salzburg "Mozarteum," in Romania with Mircea Cristescu of the "George Ensecu" Philharmonic, at the University of Illinois, and in Philadelphia with Max Rudolf. He made his European debut with the Romanian State Philharmonic in Cluj , where he was later appointed principal guest conductor, and also served as an assistant to Sergiu Comissiona with the Houston Symphony Orchestra . Daniel currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, concert pianist Gabriela Imreh , who often performs with her husband and the PVCO on their many tours.

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