JoAnn Falletta


JoAnn Falletta is internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music, an inspiring artistic leader, and a champion of American symphonic music. She serves as the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center.

Ms. Falletta has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. Her 2017–18 international guest conducting appearances include performances with the Mexico Symphony Philharmonic, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Dublin), and the New Japan Philharmonic, among others, as well as recordings with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony.

Ms. Falletta has served as a Member of the National Council on the Arts, was recently elected as a member of the esteemed American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards. A leading recording artist for Naxos, her discs have won two Grammy Awards and ten Grammy nominations.

In addition to her current posts with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, and Brevard Music Center, Ms. Falletta is music advisor to the Hawaii Symphony and 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.

Ms. Falletta received her undergraduate degree from the Mannes School of Music, and her master’s and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School.

JoAnn Falletta conducted The Orchestra Now on Dec 14, 2017, Dec 16 & 18, 2016 and April 29, 2016.

Headshot by Mark Dellas
Conducting photo by Cheryl Gorski