American conductor Ward Stare has been described as "one of the hottest young conductors in America" by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and "a rising star in the conducting firmament" by the Chicago Tribune. Recently appointed as the Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mo. Stare opens the orchestra's 2015/16 season at Kodak Hall with a special performance of The Pines of Rome and returns throughout the season with guest soloists including violinist Simone Porter, soprano Erin Wall, and world-renowned pianist Yuja Wang. The upcoming season also marks his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2015, as well as a return to the New World Symphony in 2016. Mo. Stare’s recent seasons have seen a number of highly-anticipated debuts with orchestras around the world, including performances with the Baltimore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Calgary Philharmonic, as well as his debut with the Grant Park Music Festival in July of 2015.  ... read full bio