Renowned conductor named to Temple University Symphony Orchestra
Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance announced Wednesday that Andreas Delfs has been appointed to the position of artistic director and conductor of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra (TUSO). Delfs will also serve as a professor of music in the Department of Instrumental Studies at Boyer.
“We are honored to have an artist of Maestro Delfs’ international reputation and stature come to Temple and work with our talented orchestra,” said Robert Stroker, dean of Boyer and vice provost for the arts. “He will bring his vast experience and creative vision to the TUSO to promote our mission of creative excellence and providing opportunities for students.”
Delfs has worked with some of the most renowned musical soloists in the world, including Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming. He has also led many of the world’s noted ensembles, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the New York City Opera, as well as the Philadelphia Orchestra. During his tenure as music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, he was instrumental in the orchestra’s rise to national prominence.
His busy guest-conducting schedule has brought him recently to the podiums of the Tonkünstler-Orchester Vienna, Calgary Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He conducted the Britten Sinfonia in a performance of Elijah at London’s Barbican Hall as well as two new operatic productions, including Turandot at Opera Lyra Ottawa and Carmen at Opera North. This season he will debut with the Singapore Symphony, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestras.
“I am looking forward to joining the distinguished faculty of Temple University to help raise a new generation of musicians to the highest standards of artistic excellence, creative vision and professional responsibility so that classical-music performance may advance to a new era of growth and appreciation," said Delfs.
The TUSO has performed at venues that include Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Temple Performing Arts Center. It has also recorded three Grammy-nominated orchestral works on BCM&D Records, Boyer’s in-house label, and premiered works commissioned by the college from composers such as Michael Daugherty, Dave Brubeck, Bill Cunliffe and Bill McGlaughlin.