MSO Music Director Scott Speck signs new three-year agreement

MOBILE, AL—The maestro is here to stay! The Mobile Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that Music Director and Conductor Scott Speck has signed a new three-year agreement, which, when complete, will give Speck 16 seasons with the Symphony.

Now in his 13th season with Mobile Symphony, Speck has led the orchestra through remarkable growth. “Scott’s talent, enthusiasm and love of music not only have elevated the orchestra to new levels artistically, but also have created a new excitement for classical music in the entire community,” Jimmie Hatcher, chairperson, Mobile Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors said.

Speck’s gala performances with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Evelyn Glennie and Olga Kern have been highlights of his years as Music Director of the Mobile Symphony.

“This collaboration with the musicians of the Mobile Symphony has been one of the great joys of my last 12 years,” Speck said. “Every season when the orchestra comes to meet me, it is playing at a higher and higher level. I give my thanks to our remarkable musicians, the Board and the staff for making wonders happen in Mobile. Because of their visionary leadership and participation, we’ve quadrupled our offerings, fostered the careers of several world-class composers, and worked with the greatest guest artists in the world. What conductor wouldn’t want to continue a labor of love like that? ”

“Scott’s quest for musical excellence makes each concert a memorable musical experience for the audience and orchestra,” Gustafson said. “His entrancing way of communicating his love and knowledge of music continues to attract fans and enrich the community. Our Board of Directors certainly understands and appreciates the value that Scott brings to the Mobile Symphony.”

Beyond his work with the Mobile Symphony, Speck is in demand with orchestras around the world. His performances in London, Paris, Moscow, Beijing, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington have inspired international acclaim as a conductor of passion, intelligence and winning personality. Speck’s recent concerts with the Moscow RTV Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky Hall garnered unanimous praise.

Previously, Speck held positions as Conductor of the San Francisco Ballet; Music Advisor and Conductor of the Honolulu Symphony; and Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Opera. During a tour of Asia he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the China Film Philharmonic in Beijing.

 

In addition, Speck is the co-author of two best-selling books on classical music for a popular audience, Classical Music for Dummies and Opera for Dummies. Speck has also been a regular commentator on National Public Radio, the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Voice of Russia, broadcast throughout the world. His writing has been featured in numerous magazines and journals.

 

Born in Boston, Speck graduated summa cum laude from Yale University. There he founded and directed the Berkeley Chamber Orchestra, which continues to perform to this day. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin, where he founded Concerto Grosso Berlin, an orchestra dedicated to the performances of Baroque and Classical music in a historically informed style. He received his Master’s Degree with highest honors from the University of Southern California, served as a Conducting Fellow at the Aspen School of Music, and studied at the Tanglewood Music Center. He is fluent in English, German and French, has a diploma in Italian, speaks Spanish and has a reading knowledge of Russian.

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About the Mobile Symphony

The Mobile Symphony, now presenting its 14th season, has gained prominence throughout the region with more than 250 concerts, world-class guest soloists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, and an education program that serves more than 7,000 students every year. The 2012-2013 season is the 13th year for Music Director Scott Speck, who was appointed to the position in 2000. Beyond his work with the Mobile Symphony, Speck is in demand with orchestras around the world. His performances in London, Paris, Moscow, Beijing, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington have inspired international acclaim as a conductor of passion, intelligence and winning personality. The Mobile Symphony performs in the beautifully restored, historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. From September through May, the Symphony is heard live by more than 40,000 people.

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