30 Seconds With Robert Spano

On Thursday, May 3, Robert Spano will lead the Juilliard Orchestra in works by Sibelius, Bartok, and Canadian composer Claude Vivier in Alice Tully Hall. Spano is the music director of the Atlanta Symphony and will begin as music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School in June. He took a few moments from his busy schedule to answer a few questions from The Journal. 

Robert Spano

(Photo by Andrew Eccles)


How is your approach to working with a student orchestra different from that of working with a professional orchestra?

Much more alike than different. Professional orchestras bring their wealth of experience, but student orchestras bring their own fresh perspective. 

How do you prepare for the first rehearsal with a new orchestra?

I try to construct a paradigm of the works in my imaginative ear, so that then the rehearsal process can further refine it.


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