Palm Beach, FL (December 17, 2012)--Ramon Tebar has been appointed Artistic Director of the Palm Beach Symphony by the Board of the Orchestra. This new title will add more artistic responsibilities to his role as Music Director, a position that he has held since 2010. Starting this season, he will not only oversee all the musical aspects of the institution but also all the artistic decisions for the company, while working together with Executive Director, Michael Finn and President of the Board, Dale McNulty.
Tebar has established himself as one of the most exciting Spanish conductors of his generation. When he was appointed Music Director of the Symphony in 2010, he was the youngest Spanish conductor to ever take charge of an American Orchestra. He also serves as Music Director of the Florida Grand Opera, which makes him one of the youngest opera conductors in America and the first Spanish conductor of an opera company in the country.
Last month, Tebar was honored with the 2013 Henry C. Clark Conductor of the Year Award. In addition, last season, he was appointed Associate Conductor of the Santo Domingo Music Festival in the Dominican Republic.
“We are so pleased to have Ramon as Artistic and Music Director of the Palm Beach Symphony. His tremendous artistic talent, along with his creativity, produces outstanding performances for our audiences,” Michael Finn, Executive Director of the Palm Beach Symphony said.
Born in Valencia (Spain), Tebar began his conducting career at the age of fifteen, as pianist and assistant for opera productions in his hometown. After graduating with honors and receiving many awards while a student, he became Assistant Conductor of the Youth National Orchestra of Spain for two seasons. Since coming to the US, Tebar has split his conducting activities between symphonic and operatic repertoire.
Highlights from previous seasons include concerts in Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna, concerts with Placido Domingo, Ben Heppner and with Montserrat Caballe in Russia, operas with the Palm Beach Opera, Oviedo, Cagliari (with Mariella Devia), Teatro Regio di Torino (Italiana in Algeri, Rigoletto), in Palacio Bellas Artes, Mexico (La Vida Breve and La Mulata de Cordoba) and Denver (Florencia en el Amazonas).
“Tebar is the artistic mainstay of the orchestra and he has helped diversify the range of our programming,” Dale McNulty, President of the Palm Beach Symphony, said.
Ramon Tebar’s upcoming season includes five subscription concerts with the Palm Beach Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and pianist Katherine Chi, in Santo Domingo with violinist Joshua Bell, soprano Maria Guleghina, and pianist Daniil Trifonov, concerts in Spain with the most important symphony orchestras of the country, and with Angela Gheorghiu at the Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
His season will also include opera productions of La Bohème, La Traviata, and La Sonnambula, with Renata Scotto as stage director at Florida Grand Opera. He will return to Opera Colorado to conduct a production of Carmen, and will conduct Madama Butterfly at the Cincinnati Opera.
About The Palm Beach Symphony
The mission of the Palm Beach Symphony Society is to engage, educate and entertain the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music. The Palm Beach Symphony was founded in 1974 in recognition of the need for a professional orchestra in Palm Beach. The Symphony performs in a variety of historically important venues on the island of Palm Beach, including the Bethesda-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Mar-a-Lago, The Society of the Four Arts, in addition to performing at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Artistic and Music Director Ramon Tebar delivers spirited and exacting performances of inspiring orchestral works.