Conductor, Artistic Advisor
Andrew Litton guest conducts the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies and has a discography of over 100 recordings, including a Grammy® and other honors. In 2003, he became the first American Music Director appointed to Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic. He is also currently the Artistic Director of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest, and Conductor Laureate of Britain’s Bournemouth Symphony.
Mr. Litton’s recordings include a Grammy®-winning Belshazzar’s Feast with the Bournemouth Symphony and baritone Bryn Terfel, a Grammy® nominated Sweeney Todd with the New York Philharmonic and Patti Lupone, and numerous recordings in a dual role of pianist conducting from the keyboard. Mr. Litton’s Mendelssohn Symphony series with the Bergen Philharmonic won one of BBC Magazine’s coveted annual awards and special recognition in Gramophone and Classic FM magazines. Mr. Litton was Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony from 1988-1994, bringing it on its first American tour and producing 14 recordings, including the Grammy®-winning Belshazzar’s Feast. Music Director of the Dallas Symphony from 1994-2006, he hired over one third of the players, led the orchestra on three major European tours, appeared four times at Carnegie Hall, created a children’s television series broadcast nationally and in widespread use in school curricula, and produced 28 recordings. Mr. Litton’s Dallas Symphony Rachmaninov Piano Concerto recordings with Stephen Hough, widely hailed as the best since the composer’s own, won the Classical Brits/BBC Critics Award. A graduate of the Fieldston School, New York, Litton received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard in piano and conducting. The youngest-ever winner of the BBC International Conductors Competition, he served as Assistant Conductor at Teatro alla Scala and Exxon/Arts Endowment Assistant Conductor for the National Symphony under Rostropovich. His many honors include an honorary Doctorate from the University of Bournemouth, Yale University’s Sanford Medal, and the Elgar Society Medal.
Litton lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
This is Scott O’Neil’s sixth season with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He most recently served as associate conductor for the Utah Symphony, which he joined in August 2000. O’Neil has guest conducted the Houston Symphony, Houston Youth Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Tulsa Philharmonic, Portland Symphony (Maine), the Lubbock Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake Symphony and the Columbus Symphony in Ohio. O’Neil studied piano performance at the Oberlin College Conservatory, served as the assistant conductor of the Eastman School Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras at the Eastman School of Music, and earned a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at Rice University, where he was the director of the Campanile Orchestra, a community/university orchestra. In 1999 he served as director of orchestras at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas. In the spring of 2003, O’Neil was selected by the League of American Orchestras (LAO) to conduct an orchestra comprised of members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and advanced students from the University of Southern California in Synergy, a program created to promote young, contemporary composers. Also in the spring of 2003, O’Neil was selected by LAO to appear on the Conductor Preview with the Jacksonville Symphony. O’Neil leads the Colorado Symphony in every series this season, including educational concerts and appearances on each of the Colorado Symphony’s Masterworks, Family Series and Pops Series. In addition to his work with the Colorado Symphony, Mr. O’Neil is the founder and music director of the Rosetta Music Society, a group of chamber players that present interactive concerts at the Englewood Arts Center.
Recently awarded two GRAMMYs® for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Recording, Duain Wolfe is founder and director of the Colorado Symphony Chorus and music director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. This year marks Wolfe’s 28th season heading the Colorado Symphony Chorus. The Chorus provides vital support for numerous performances and radio broadcasts with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra each season, and has been featured at the Aspen Music Festival every summer for almost two decades. Wolfe—who is in his 18th season with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, America’s largest professional chorus has collaborated with Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink and the late Sir George Solti onnumerous recordings with the Chicago Symphony, among them Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, which won the 1998 GRAMMY® for Best Opera Recording. Wolfe’s extensive musical accomplishments have resulted in numerous awards, including an honorary Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Denver, the Bonfils Stanton Award in the Arts and Humanities, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline. Wolfe is also founder/director of the Colorado Children’s Chorale, from which he retired in 1999 after 25 years. For 20 years, Wolfe also was active with the Central City Opera Festival as conductor, directing the company’s young artist residence program, as well as its education and outreach programs. Wolfe’s additional accomplishments include directing and preparing choruses for Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He has also worked with Pinchas Zuckerman and the choral programs of the Canadian National Arts Centre Orchestra for the past ten years.