New Orchestra Director at Weber State
Who: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
What: New Orchestra Director
Dr. Michael Palumbo, the director of the string program and the Weber State Symphony Orchestra, has retired. After a national (and international) search, Director of Dean Madonne Miner has made this announcement to the department: “I am delighted to announce that Francisco de Galvez accepted our position offer today (for Orchestra position). He currently plans to arrive a few days before July 1 to start preparing for classes. His wife and children will join him a bit later.”
Francisco de Gálvez Aranda · Conductor
Born in Málaga, Francisco de Gálvez is one of the leading Spanish conductors of his generation. He obtained international recognition when he was awarded First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1994 Tokyo International Conducting Competition(Min-On), among 194 conductors of 36 countries. Mr. De Gálvez is Music Director of University of Malaga Chamber Orchestra since 2004 and has also been Music Director of Malaga Symphony Orchestra between 1998 and 2011.
As guest conductor, Francisco has offered concerts with Orchestras like Berliner Symphoniker, Zagreb Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo City and Osaka Philharmonics, Saint Petersbourg Philharmonic, Filarmonica di Russe Orchestra, Postdam Philharmonic, Sinfonica di Sofia, Fort Worth Symphony, Danish Radio Orchestra, Flanders Opera, Spanish National Orchestra, Madrid Symphony, Málaga, Seville and Granada Symphony Orchestras, among many others.
He has been Artistic Director of Contemporary Music Cycles organized by the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra between 1995 and 2000. He was director and founder of the Montreal Chamber Players Orchestra in 1991, with whom he performed extensively in North America and Spain. With this orchestra made its first CD, which others have followed, as well as numerous recordings for radio and TV.Dr. De Gálvez obtained a PhD “cum laude” in Music and Comunication at Malaga University.
He studied Conducting, Composition, Orchestration and Analysis in Canada and graduated with a Master in Orchestral Conducting at McGill University, Montreal. His main teachers in conducting have been Timothy Vernon and Ferdinand Leitner. He also studied conducting at Vienna, Hochschule für Musik, and Siena, Accademia Chigiana, Italy. In 1993 he continued his studies with Carlo Maria Giulini in Milan, Italy. He has an extensive musical background as a violinist (Título Superior-Madrid; Orquesta Nacional de España; Performing Diploma-Royal College, London, England; Master-McGill, Montreal, Canada).
Between 1995 y 1998 lives in Berlín, where he performs with various orchestras (it is worth mentioning his conducting of the World´s Premiere of Carlo Domeniconi’s El trino del diablo at the Philharmonie, later presented at the Istambul International Music Festival and recorded on CD). Francisco recently completed a PhD (Music and Communication) and now lives in Málaga, where he was born and develops an intensive and creative musical program, consisting of regular season symphony concerts, chamber music series, school concerts and special events.