Music Director

Biography


Enthusiasm, unique musical ideas, and thoughtful phrasings supported by commanding and expressive gestures achieved a remarkable interpretation of Glinka’s Overture to “Ruslan and Lyudmila”, but even more so for Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade"

— Romania Radio Muzical (June 2015)

Described as a conductor with “ample gestures, clarity, precision, and genuine passion,” Vizireanu made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall as the Second Prize Winner in the 2016 Donatella Flick Competition. He was most recently invited to the 2018 Malko Competition with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen.

Vizireanu was invited among 14 conductors (out of 400 applicants worldwide) to participate in the renowned Mahler Conducting Competition with the Bamberg Symphony. He also won Second Prize in the 11th International Cadaqués Conducting Competition where he conducted the Cadaqués Symphony in an internationally televised concert in L’Auditori Hall, Barcelona.

He has worked with a number of orchestras including the Tonhalle-Orchester, Lucerne Festival Strings, New World Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Symphony, and has served as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, and Sarasota Orchestra. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Orchestre National de Lille, National Radio Chamber Orchestra, Moldova Iasi Philharmonic, Sibiu State Philharmonic, Ploiesti Philharmonic, and Targu Mures Philharmonic. He has also been invited to conduct at the Gstaad Festival, Castleton Festival, and Chautauqua Music Festival.

In Fall 2013 he was invited to debut at the renowned Enescu Festival in Bucharest where he conducted a side-by-side concert with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Royal Camerata. He conducted the Royal Camerata again in the 2015 edition of the Enescu Festival with sololist Rebekka Hartmann. He has since been reinvited to the 2019 edition of the Enescu Festival with the Orchestre National de Lille.

In 2019, he was confirmed to the Music Directorship of Knox-Galesburg Symphony, and is a finalist candidate for the Music Directorship of the Savannah Philharmonic.

Vizireanu has personally studied with some of the finest conductors of our generation, including Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, David Zinman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Neeme Jarvi, and as one of the last students of the late Lorin Maazel under full fellowship at the 2014 Castleton Festival. He also received the prestigious 2013 Chautauqua Conducting Fellowship in New York.

An ardent advocate of new music, Vizireanu is the Founder & Executive Director of Impulse New Music Festival, a two-week summer program in Santa Barbara, California which brings together young composers and performers to discover new compositions and develop practical skills for the demanding career of music. Vizireanu has showcased new compositions with the Castleton Festival Orchestra, Cadaqués Symphony, and Hebrides New Music Ensemble. Some new works he has recently recorded include Light Show by Max Grafe, Scherzo for Orchestra by Joshua Groffman, and Evelyne Davis’ Concerto for Two Percussionists. He recently commissioned several new compositions by renowned Los Angeles composer Michael Glenn Williams and conducted the world premieres with the Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble and Sibiu State Philharmonic.

Vizireanu made his operatic debut in 2013 with Arizona State University Opera and Die Fledermaus. He served as assistant conductor to Lorin Maazel and Timothy Muffitt with productions of Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Madama Butterfly, and Don Giovanni.

Vizireanu recently served as Music Director of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra in Long Island, NY and Assistant Conductor for the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic in Thousand Oaks, CA. He previously served as Conductor for New West Symphony’s Harmony Project, which is aimed at inspiring young children to develop a lifelong love of music through education and exciting musical experiences. He also served as Artistic Director of Enescu & The Americas, an organization that fosters cultural exchange between Romania and the United States through the music of Romania’s greatest composer, George Enescu.

It included an astonishing, climate-changing performance of “Nataraja,” a challenging piece conducted unflinchingly by Vlad Vizireanu, one of the dozens of promising young conductors hand-picked by Maazel to work and learn at Castleton over the years, from a similarly lionhearted and lovely score by Michael-Thomas Foumai — the winner of Maazel’s 2014 Young Composer’s Forum.

— Roger Piantadosi, Rappahannock News (July 17, 2014)

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Maestros

Mentors and teachers


Timothy Muffitt
Chautauqua Music Festival
Bernard Haitink
Lucerne Festival 2013
Kurt Masur
Manhattan School of Music 2015
Valery Gergiev
Menuhin Festival 2016
David Effron
IU Bloomington
Neeme Järvi and Valery Gergiev
Menuhin Festival 2016
Larry Rachleff
Zlin Conducting Masterclass 2010
Kenneth Kiesler
Berlin Conducting Masterclass 2010
Victor Yampolsky
Richmond Conducting Workshop 2014
Steven Smith
Richmond Conducting Workshop 2014
Bernard Haitink
Lucerne Fesival 2014
Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music 2011

Awards

Competitions Awards


Runner-up
Donatella Flick Conducting Competition 2018
Second Prize
Cadaqués International Conducting Competition 2013
Best Romanian Conductor Award
Jeunesses Musicales International 2016

CONTACT
Vlad Vizireanu

vlad@vladvizireanu.com

MANAGEMENT
Columbia Artists Music, LLC
Elisa Patria

patria@camimusic.com

PHOTO CREDITS

Kent Kriegshauser Photography

Michael Roud Photography

2013 Cadaqués Competition

Romica Zaharia Photography