Palm Beach Daily News
“The Buffalo Philharmonic has become, simply, a great American orchestra. And that has been achieved, one suspects, in part thanks to the leadership of esteemed conductor JoAnn Falletta, and the remarkable abilities of the orchestra’s musicians.”
Buffalo News Gusto
“As Falletta approaches her 20th season with the BPO, obviously her outstanding work as an advocate of new and lesser-known music is a huge point of pride”.
“One of the most imaginative and dependable conductors at work today”
“Falletta is a superb conductor on any front”
American Record Guide
“JoAnn Falletta does a superb job of leadership”
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
“A leading force for the music of our time…”
Fred Child, host of Performance Today
“JoAnn Falletta is a mighty figure on the global music scene. She brings a bright freshness to classical standards, and her vision includes and elevates so many worthy composers and artists who’ve been too long overlooked…She is a tireless champion of the artform itself, not just on the podium, but in ways that are not always visible or public; our listeners’ nominating stories about her included myriad examples of Falletta’s unique combination of artistic authority and compassion, compelling musicianship and humanity. It is an honor for us to name her as Performance Today’s 2019 Classical Woman of the Year.”
Hailed as a “leading force for the music of our time” for her work as a conductor, communicator, recording artist, audience builder, champion of American composers and distinguished musical citizen, JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center, and Artistic Adviser of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. She has been acclaimed by The Washington Post as having “Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein.”
Ms. Falletta has guest conducted over one hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. In 2018-19 she will guest conduct orchestras in the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and across the US.
Upon her appointment as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta became the first woman to lead a major American ensemble. She has since been credited with bringing the Philharmonic to a new level of national and international prominence. The orchestra has become one of the leading recording orchestras for Naxos and returned twice to Carnegie Hall, first in 2004 after a 20-year absence, and again in 2013 as part of the Spring for Music Festival. In 2018, the BPO made their first international tour in three decades, to perform at Warsaw’s prestigious Beethoven Easter Festival where Falletta made history as the first American woman conductor to lead an orchestra at the Festival. She and the BPO have been honored with numerous ASCAP awards, including the top award for Adventurous Programming. Other accomplishments include the establishment of the orchestra’s Beau Fleuve label, the founding of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in partnership with WNED, and the national and international broadcast of concerts on NPR’s Performance Today, SymphonyCast, and the European Broadcasting Union.
With a discography of 115 titles, JoAnn is a leading recording artist for Naxos. Her discs have won three GRAMMY® Awards and received eleven nominations, including a 2019 Best Classical Compendium nomination for Spiritualist, her fifth world premiere recording of music of Kenneth Fuchs with the London Symphony. In 2018, Naxos released three additional recordings with JoAnn: Wagner, Music from the Ring with the BPO, music of Franz Schreker with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Kodály: Concerto for Orchestra with the BPO. In February 2019, Naxos released a recording of Respighi’s Rome Trilogy with the BPO.
>Falletta is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has served as a Member of the National Council on the Arts and is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards. She has introduced over 500 works by American composers, including well over 100 world premieres.
Ms. Falletta has held the positions of Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, Music Director of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Denver Chamber Orchestra.
She received her undergraduate degree from the Mannes School of Music, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School. When not on the podium, JoAnn enjoys writing, cycling, and yoga and is an avid reader.