Internationally recognized as an insightful and versatile musician, American conductor ARTHUR POST has just completed a seven-year tenure as Music Director of Canada’s Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. In recognition of his thirteen years at the artistic helm of the San Juan Symphony, he was appointed Music Director Laureate in 2015. In both regions he has built a reputation for innovative and compelling programming that integrates the great classics with music reflecting local cultures and concerns. In the United States, he has led a number of distinguished ensembles, including the Columbus, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Houston, Illinois, New Jersey, North carolina, San Antonio and Virginia symphony orchestras. His passion for expanding and enriching the traditional concert experience has established him as a potent advocate for the future of symphonic music.
Arthur Post’s current season is highlighted by his leading the world premiere performances in Zaragoza, Spain of the Paul Fowler/Andrew Flack comic opera, Ecce Homo, based on the true story and internet sensation of Cecilia Gimenez and her 2012 botched restoration of a fresco of Christ. He also collaborates for the first time at Madrid’s Teatro Real, assisting on the production of Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking.
As Music Director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Post brought new vision and energy to programming and audience engagement. He commissioned six major works and recorded three CDs, including a 50th anniversary commemorative album designed to broaden the orchestra’s presence in the community. Artistic excellence, innovative programming and extensive collaborations with local musicians, actors and dancers were all hallmarks of his tenure.
As a guest conductor internationally, Arthur Post made his debut with the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin and has recorded with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for the BMG label. Other global appearances include the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Saarländische Radio Orchestra, Orchestre National de Toulouse, Singapore and Jerusalem symphony orchestras, as well as return engagements with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and Catalonia National Orchestra (OBC), Orchestre National de Lille, Opéra Théatre de Besançon and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica. He has worked regularly on the conducting staff of Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, where he has collaborated with singers Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flores, José van Dam, Samuel Ramey and Eva Podles, among others. Mr. Post has collaborated with leading artists Sarah Chang, Julia Fischer, James Galway, Hilary Hahn, Ben Heppner, Anton Kuerti, Jamie Laredo, Lorin Maazel, Sharon Robinson and Maxim Vengerov.
Arthur Post was chosen by Music Director Lorin Maazel to serve as Assistant, then Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1994-1997, for which he led subscription, Pops, family, outreach and educational concerts, and was active in programming and audience development for the orchestra's innovative outreach program. From 1997-99 he served as Associate Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, and he has recently returned to lead the Young Israel Philharmonic, the national youth orchestra. In 1999, he was chosen by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas for an appointment as Resident Conductor of The New World Symphony, where he worked closely with Mr. Thomas in this program for America's youngest generation of professional orchestral musicians.
A graduate of Yale University, summa cum laude with distinction in Music, Arthur Post earned a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, furthering his studies at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Salzburg Mozarteum. For three years, he studied the operatic repertoire at Hamburg's Hochschule für Musik, also serving on the conducting staff of the Hamburg Operettenhaus and appearing at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. He has conducted in masterclasses with Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf and Simon Rattle, and was a conducting fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, performing at The Hollywood Bowl.
Having begun his studies on the double bass, Arthur Post is also fluent in a variety of musical styles, including jazz and popular music. He has conducted tours with popular artists James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, and performed in the PBS Pittsburgh Pops television specials with Marvin Hamlisch.
As Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years, Arthur Post provided artistic leadership for one of the top young ensembles in the country. He developed educational concerts that have been performed in the United States, Europe and the Far East. His educational program, "Music on the Inside," teaches improvisation and composition to young students who have no previous experience in music.
MUSIC OF LORIN MAAZEL
Music for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 12
BMG 09026-68789 2
CASALS - EL PESSBRE (excerpts)
Elena Copons, soprano
"CELEBRATING 50 YEARS"
Piazzolla/Vidal: Milona del Angel
"MUSIC FOR THE 2013 WORLD AQUATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS (FINA)"
Albert Guinovart: Suite Planeta Aigua
ORFF - CARMINA BURANA
soloists: Gemma Kavanagh, soprano
"SONGS OF FORT WILLIAM"
with Rodney Brown, vocalist
Golden Opening [headline]
New Music Director, Maestro Arthur Post, proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the TBSO made a wise decision in securing his services. Post’s precision, confidence, musicality as well as the palpable level of invigorating energy he draws from the orchestra bodes extremely well for the future.
THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL
In less than three full seasons, Post has taken the San Juan Symphony to new heights of excellence. And it’s apparent that the best is yet to come.
THE DURANGO HERALD
Post is an accomplished musician, and he made a thoroughly respectable showing. He conducted Death and Transfiguration with confidence and authority, and the results were eminently satisfying.
A new star has appeared among Jena guest conductors. His name is Arthur Post, and he casts a shadow over some of the others who have performed here, as such bright stars tend to do.
Post has a wonderfully natural feeling for this music [Mahler Symphony #4] and more than sufficient technique to steer an orchestra through its hazards.
THE BOSTON GLOBE
Combine a capable, well-rehearsed orchestra with the invigorating presence of a talented conductor, and the music-making will be electric. Arthur Post brought out all the best qualities of the orchestra, most notably a redoubled crispness and energy.
THE PATRIOT NEWS (Harrisburg, PA)
Post was in full command of the orchestra throughout. His interpretation of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 was unexpectedly outstanding, a full-bodied, vigorous reading. He elicited great sounds out of the brass section and the usual lushness out of the strings.
With superb solo playing from all sections, extraordinarily committed performances from all, and great balance among the sections, this music making was exhilarating and soul-satisfying. The ASO had innocence, panache, intensity, and moments of radiance that read like benedictions.
ANN ARBOR NEWS
TEATRO PRINCIPAL DE ZARAGOZA (Spain)
Fowler: Ópera Ecce Homo (world premiere)