Randall Craig Fleischer
Randall Craig Fleischer currently serves as Music Director of the Youngstown Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and the Anchorage Symphony. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his Masters of Music from the Indiana University School of Music. He studied conducting privately with Otto-Werner Mueller, and he worked with Leonard Bernstein as a conducting fellow at Tanglewood. Mr. Fleischer served as the assistant conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1989. He first came to international attention as associate conductor of the National Symphony, when he led Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovich during the ensemble’s 1990 tour of Japan and the USSR. Mr. Fleischer was featured in the PBS documentary Soldier of Music, which documented Rostropovich’s return to the Soviet Union. In 1993, Mr. Fleischer conducted a private concert for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Boston Pops; the China, Hong Kong, Israel, and Los Angeles philharmonics; the Houston, Seattle, Utah, and San Diego symphonies; and the Saint Paul, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, among others. He made his SFS debut in 2002. Active as a composer and arranger, his Native American fusion work Echoes premiered with the Anchorage Symphony in 2008 and received its East Coast premiere at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. He is also the composer of Symphony in Step, written for the dance company Step Afrika and premiered by the Anchorage Symphony. Mr. Fleischer has worked with artists such as Natalie Merchant, Blondie, Ani DiFranco, John Cale, Garth Hudson, Kenny Rogers, Chris Baron of the Spin Doctors, and Native American artists R. Carlos Nakai, Burning Sky, The Hawk Project, and the Benaly Family. He has co-authored several instructional pieces for children in collaboration with his wife, comedian Heidi Joyce. In 1991, Ms. Joyce and Mr. Fleischer co-authored and premiered Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Spiritual Journey with the National Symphony. He recently received an honorary doctorate from Youngstown State University. Mr. Fleischer lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.