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Julian Pellicano '09MM named resident conductor of Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Julian Pellicano ’07MM, ’09MM has been appointed the resident conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Manitoba, Canada. He will lead the orchestra in Pops, Soundbytes, Concerts for Kids, Specials, and educational concerts. The appointment begins in September 2013.

In addition to his duties with the WSO, Pellicano will join the conducting faculty of the University of Manitoba and serve as the music director of the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra.

Pellicano studied music at the Peabody Conservatory, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and the Yale School of Music. At Yale, he earned Master of Music degrees in percussion and orchestral conducting.

He had been on the faculty of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., and was the principal conductor of the Longy Conservatory Orchestra and its artistic director of the ensembles program. He has been the conductor of the Norfolk New Music Ensemble since 2008.

Julian Pellicano makes his Carnegie Hall debut this season, conducting Hindemith's Kammermusik No. 2 with pianist Boris Berman for the Yale in New York concert series. He  has recently conducted the Orquestra Sinfonica de Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the New Britain Symphony, and Boston’s Dinosaur Annex Ensemble.

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is now in its 65th year, performing more than 80 concerts for approximately 100,000 people each year. It offers a wide range of musical experiences ranging from great art of the master composers to Pops, family concerts, educational performances, and other special concerts. The orchestra has performed hundreds of world and Canadian premieres and has embraced playing music by living composers while hosting the internationally recognized New Music Festival each February.

The WSO continues to provide the musical foundation for other arts groups in the province such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Manitoba Opera. Many WSO musicians also play with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. The WSO believes in the importance of providing education and outreach programs to all Manitobans. From nursery school through university, its education programs reach more than 25,000 students annually. The WSO also partners with local organizations and develops community initiatives to promote symphonic music.