A formidable and incandescent presence on the podium, conductor Gisele Ben-Dor is described by the Los Angeles Times as "a star on the rise - a ferocious talent." "Ben-Dor casts her spell," the Boston Globe reported, "a tremendous musician, expert technician, charismatic performer." These comments reflect the overwhelming praise Ben-Dor has garnered in her appearances as guest conductor with major orchestras and opera houses throughout the world.
Amongst her list of past successes, Ms Ben-Dor has led the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Helsinki Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, New World Symphony, Israel Philharmonic , Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Seoul and Rotterdam Philharmonics,and many orchestras in France, Italy and Latin America.
Renowned for her interpretations of the established classics, as a Uruguayan by birth and upbringing, she is a champion of Latin American music - notably the works of Ginastera, Revueltas, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos and Luis Bacalov - and is widely regarded as one of the world's finest and most dedicated exponents of this repertoire.
Maestra Ben-Dor is currently Conductor Laureate of the Santa Barbara Symphony and Conductor Emerita of the Boston Pro-Arte Chamber Orchestra, a post to which she was elected exclusively by the musicians. In 2004, working with Georgina Ginastera, the composer's daughter, she created the exciting and extraordinarily popular Tango and Malambo Festival ,a wide-ranging feast of concerts, dance, and film celebrating the urban and universally admired tango and its less familiar cousin, the more rustic Malambo.
At a Glance:
Conductor Laureate, Santa Barbara Symphony, 2006 -
Music Director, Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, 1994 -2006
Conductor Emerita, Boston Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, 2000 -
Music Director, Boston Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, 1991 - 2000
Artistic Advisor, World Piano Competition, Cincinnati , 1996, 1997, 2006
Music Director, Annapolis Symphony, 1991 - 97
Resident Conductor, Houston Symphony Orchestra, 1988 - 91
Music Director , Shepherd School of Music Symphony, 1988-90
Music Director, Houston Youth Symphony, 1988 - 89
Assistant Conductor, Louisville Orchestra, 1987 - 88
Music Director, Norwalk Youth Symphony, Connecticut , 1983 - 87
Music Director, Institute "Ivria", Uruguay , 1969 - 1973