Music Director & Conductor
George Rothman, Music Director of Riverside Symphony since its inception, has guest conducted throughout the Far East, Europe, South America and United States. He has led world and New York premieres of major American and European contemporary composers at Lincoln Center while championing emerging composers on an international scale through readings, workshops and recordings. In addition to the standard repertory, he has focused on lesser-known works by noted composers from all periods, ranging from the Baroque era to 20th-century, and has presented New York premiere performances of works by Prokofiev, Ravel and others. A native New Yorker, Rothman trained at the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School, Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music, and, as a scholarship student, at Tanglewood Music Center, where he studied with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Currently a member of Brooklyn College’s Conservatory of Music faculty where he serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra, his prior academic affiliations include Columbia and Yale Universities.
Artistic Director & Composer-in-Residence
A leading figure in new music for more than twenty-five years, co-founder Anthony Korf works closely with George Rothman in the selection of Riverside Symphony programs, soloists and orchestra musicians. He has contributed to the development of the orchestra’s new-music and education projects, and serves as new-music advisor to Mr. Rothman and liaison to the composer community at large. A noted composer in his own right, Mr. Korf has been commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, the Koussevitsky Music Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. His orchestral, chamber, and vocal works have been performed throughout the United States by many of this country’s leading ensembles. Mr. Korf, a 2008/09 Guggenheim Fellow, was awarded a Godard Lieberson Fellowship in 1988 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was first-prize winner in the inaugural ASCAP Grants to Young Composers. Founder and conductor of the acclaimed contemporary chamber ensemble Parnassus, Mr. Korf has been recorded as composer and conductor on Bridge, CRI, Koch International, New World and Summit records.
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