Now in his eighth season as Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra (PSO), conductor George Stelluto recently celebrated the PSO’s 120th Anniversary with its Ravinia Festival debut. He serves as Associate Conductor of the Ravinia Festival, and he also founded the Illinois New Music Festival in 2010. From 1998 to 2007, was music director of the Las Vegas Music Festival.
His recent guest conducting appearances include engagements at the Ravinia Festival, Atlanta Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orquestra Jovem do Estado de São Paulo, Pasadena Symphony, North West German Philharmonic, and the Chicago Philharmonic. Other guest appearances include performances with the Juilliard Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica del Ecuador, Hartford Symphony, New York City Ballet, Transylvania State Philharmonic (Romania), International Contemporary Ensemble, and Juilliard’s Beyond the Machine and AXIOM. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut with these performances.
Mr. Stelluto has led numerous contemporary premieres, including works by Virko Baley, Huang Ruo, Paul Desenne, and Armand Ranjbaran. At the Kiev International Music Festival, he gave the Ukrainian premieres of Samuel Barber’s First and Second Essays for Orchestra. His orchestral reduction of Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten was premiered by Los Angeles Opera in 2010 and performed by Opera Lyon in 2015.
Mr. Stelluto holds Juilliard’s first artist diploma degree in conducting, master’s degrees in violin and conducting from the Yale School of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in violin from West Virginia University.