Gone are the days when Cristian Macelaru was described as being amongst the most promising conductors of his generation. He is now simply one of the finest. In April 2014, Macelaru received the highly coveted Solti Fellow, one of the largest grants currently awarded to American conductors. Macelaru received the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award in 2012, and despite becoming more established, says he’d be happy to be called a young conductor for some time to come.
Cristian Macelaru has established an exciting and highly regarded presence through his thoughtful interpretations, poise and energetic conviction on the podium. We are thrilled to announce that Cristian will be returning to our conducting faculty this year!
Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award, Cristian Macelaru has established himself as one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world. Conductor-in-Residence of The Philadelphia Orchestra, he began his tenure with that ensemble as assistant conductor in September 2011, and in recognition of his artistic contributions to the Orchestra, his title was elevated to associate conductor in November 2012.
As the Founder and Artistic Director of the Crisalis Music Project, Macelaru spearheaded a program in which young musicians perform in a variety of settings, side by side with established, renowned artists. Their groundbreaking first season produced and presented concerts featuring chamber ensembles, a chamber orchestra, a tango operetta, and collaborations with dancer Susana Collins, which resulted in a choreographed performance of Vivaldi/Piazzolla’s “Eight Seasons.”
An accomplished violinist from an early age, Macelaru was the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and made his Carnegie Hall debut with that orchestra at the age of nineteen. He also played in the first violin section of the Houston Symphony for two seasons. Formerly he held the position of Resident Conductor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he was Music Director of the Campanile Orchestra, Assistant Conductor to Larry Rachleff and Conductor for the Opera Department. A proponent of music education, Macelaru has served as a conductor with the Houston Youth Symphony, where he also conceptualized and created a successful chamber music program.
The Philadelphia International Music Festival is a summer music program offering students of all ages and skill levels — from throughout the U.S. and abroad — the unique opportunity of spending 14 days immersed in classical music education and performance with members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra.
How many young musicians can say that they have had the opportunity to play under the baton of Cristian Macelaru? By attending this festival, all students will gain invaluable insight on preparing for the professional careers as a musician. We at the Philadelphia International Music Festival sincerely hope that you will join us year, and take advantage of a truly rewarding experience that you will surely remember for a lifetime.