Guest Conductors

2015-2016 Season

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Takayoshi “Tad” Suzuki

Fall Concerts ~ October 16th & 18, 2015

Guest Conductor

Takayoshi “Tad” Suzuki earned his degree in music education at the Tokyo Conservatoire Shobi with additional studies at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. During this time, he was an active trombonist with several recording studios and performed with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. After completing his degree, Suzuki returned to Fukuoka Technical University High School, his high school alma mater, becoming the Director of Bands. During his 15 year tenure as director, the Fukuoka Technical University High School Wind Orchestra traveled to the All-Japan Contest for 13 consecutive years, earning the Silver Prize four times, the Gold Prize five times, and the prestigious Grand Prix Sweepstakes Award four times. This wind orchestra became the first Japanese high school band to perform at The Mid-West Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference, receiving a fifteen minute standing ovation. At the request of the president of the Tokyo Conservatoire Shobi, he was hired as a faculty member in 1991. From 1995-2011, Suzuki was an Instructor of Conducting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he taught trombone, conducting lessons and seminars, orchestration, orchestra, brass band, wind orchestra, as well as music education courses.

Suzuki is a highly sought after clinician and guest conductor throughout the world. He serves as the music director of the United Brass in New York City and the TAD Wind Symphony, a professional ensemble consisting of former students and professional musicians from orchestras throughout Japan. Suzuki has conducted on numerous recordings: TAD Wind Symphony: Enigma Variations, 1998, Brain Co., Ltd., Japan; Legendary IV: Most Memorable Performances of H.S. Bands, 1999, Brain Company, Ltd., Japan; The United Brass, 2000, Basic Video Arts, Co., Ltd., Japan; TAD Steps, 2002, Basic Video Arts Co., Ltd., Japan; TAD Wind Symphony: Spiritual Planet, 2004, Basic Video Arts, Co., Ltd., Japan. He currently has twelve live recordings of the TAD Wind Symphony available through the Japanese recording label, Windstream. Suzuki’s conducting teachers include Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Yasuhiko Shiozawa, and Ken-ichirou Kobayashi. He is a member of the All Japan Band Director’s Association, the Bandmasters Academic Society of Japan, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the American Bandmaster’s Association, the only native of Japan to receive this honor.
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Dennis Doubin

Dennis Doubin

WinterFest ~ December 10, 2015 & Season Finale ~ May 13, 2016

Guest Conductor

Russian-American conductor and pianist, Dennis Doubin, began his musical training at 6 years old.  A native of Moscow, he studied at the Moscow Choral Academy.  He was a member of the Moscow Boys Choir as well as the Bolshoi Theatre’s Children’s Chorus. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Doubin attended UCLA  where he received degrees in both piano performance and conducting.  Doubin is currently an assistant conductor at San Francisco Opera, where his duties include prompting, coaching, and conducting the backstage banda.  In 2014, Doubin made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Opera leading Puccini’s La Boheme.  He has also worked with the Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Brass Ensemble.  A Grammy winner for his work on Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Doubin was also the pianist for Kennedy Center’s 25th Anniversary. Tonight’s concert marks Doubin’s debut performance with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra.

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Alexandra Arrieche

Summer Concert with Film ~ June 10, 2016

Guest Conductor

Alexandra Arrieche was recently appointed “Night of the Proms” Conductor for the 2015 Season. She has worked with orchestras in North America, Europe and Brazil, and has received numerous awards for her conducting, including the 2011 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Maestra Marin Alsop. As a result, Ms. Arrieche has been assisting Maestra Alsop in São Paulo and Baltimore for the past years and recently, she was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

In 2012, Ms. Arrieche was invited to attend the Aspen Music Festival and in the same year, she won the BSO – Peabody Conducting Fellowship promoted by the Baltimore Symphony in partnership with the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Arrieche’s work was so impressive that the BSO decided to extend her contract for an additional season offering her the position of Assistant Conductor.

Ms. Arrieche began her musical studies as a vocalist before dedicating her career to conducting and composition. In 1997, she was invited to study with the renowned Spanish composer Cristobal Halffter in his Laboratory for Young Composers in Spain. In 2010, she was offered a full scholarship to Maestro Harold Farberman’s Master Conducting Studio at Bard College. In 2013 she completed her Arts Diploma in Orchestral Conducting with Maestro Gustav Meier at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
Ms. Arrieche has guest conducted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, São Paulo State University Orchestra, Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony. In addition to these groups, she has also worked with Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Bard Conservatory Orchestra, Peabody Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

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