JoAnn Falletta

ss11-WEB-falletta-headshot-150Acclaimed by The New York Times as ―one of the finest conductors of her generation, JoAnn Falletta serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. An effervescent and exuberant figure on the podium, she has been praised 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.”

Since stepping up to the podium as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999, Falletta has been credited with bringing the Philharmonic to a new level of national and international prominence, including two Grammy awards in 2009 for Best Classical Performance and Best Classical Composition for its John Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan; Three Hallucinations CD.

Falletta is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards, including the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award for exceptionally gifted American conductors; the coveted Stokowski Competition; and the American Symphony Orchestra League’s prestigious John S. Edwards Award. She received her undergraduate degree from the Mannes School of Music in New York, and her master’s and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School, and in addition has been awarded eleven honorary doctorates.