Barry Jekowsky

Washington Post

 "Jekowsky led the National Symphony in a fleet, virtuosic, bracingly exciting performance, one that sent us out into the night renewed."

San Francisco Chronicle

“Music director Barry Jekowsky treats his subscribers time and again to well-planned and brilliantly executed programs.”

The London Times

"Barry Jekowsky impressed with his no-nonsense approach, avoiding histrionics other than those already in the music, and the London Philharmonic played well for him."

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Whether leading the National Symphony, the London Philharmonic or the award-winning California Symphony, this noted music director and guest conductor has garnered critical praise in both Europe and North America for his command of the classics.

At the same time, Barry Jekowsky has played a pivotal role in the evolution of the symphonic experience, drawing wider audiences through his innovative programming. He was among the first to introduce the increasingly-popular concept of pairing the unconventional with classical standards to produce such events as the world’s first live symphony in 3-D last May.

Among other firsts, he has consistently given unknown prodigies their professional concert debuts, a practice he started in 1987 – attracting young audiences while helping to launch the careers of such international stars as violinist Sarah Chang, pianists Helen Huang, Conrad Tao (10), and Joyce Yang as well as cellist Alisa Weilerstein (12).

And it was Jekowsky’s well-known passion for American music that led him to create the unique, one of a kind Young American Composers-in-Residence program – notably, the world’s first to give emerging composers the opportunity to hone their craft using a professional orchestra as their laboratory.

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