Taichi Fukumura, emerging conductor

Taichi Fukumura is the Assistant Conductor of the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble and Founding Music Director of Accompanietta. In June, he will complete his Master of Music in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University, studying with Victor Yampolsky.

As conductor of the project-based orchestra called Accompanietta, Fukumura has led public concerts and outreach projects since 2010. They performed a flash mob concert at Boston Medical Center on the first anniversary of the marathon bombings, featured by CBS Boston. As part of their mission, Accompanietta has featured and collaborated with up-and-coming soloists of various instruments. Fukumura has led the orchestra in a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 1, attracting the largest public audience for a student conductor in Northwestern history.

During his time as Associate Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony, Fukumura was noted by critics of the Music Intelligencer for the ability to “create a sumptuous sound world. …The broad unanimity of the plentiful strings and the unleashed horns and brass gave an old-fashioned quality to the play as excellently shaped by Fukumura”. Fukumura has led the orchestra on works such as Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Wagner Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, and Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No. 1.

As guest conductor, Fukumura led members of the Boston Symphony in the BSO community chamber concert series. He has also served as assistant conductor for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Taichi studied with Peter Zazofsky for his Bachelor in Violin Performance at Boston University. He was a winner of the 2011 CFA Bach Competition and graduated BU with a Departmental Honors Award. Along with his mentor, he performed Bach Double Violin Concerto as soloist with the Boston Civic Symphony. In the other end of the spectrum, he has collaborated on the violin with contemporary composers such as Joan Tower and Malcolm Peyton. As assistant conductor at NU CME, he has worked with Steve Reich and Andrew Norman.

For more information, please visit www.taichifukumura.net

 

Jiannan Cheng, emerging conductor

Jiannan Cheng is the 2015-2016 recipient of The Miami Symphony Orchestra Conducting Fellowship, second prize winner of the 2016 4x4 Competition for Composers and Conductors, and was invited to the 2015 Aurora Music Festival in Sweden to study with Kurt Masur. She has conducted and worked with world class orchestras and musicians in the United States, China, Germany, Sweden, and Greece. Cheng is trained in orchestral, choral and wind ensemble conducting and is equally at home on stage as well as in the opera pit.

This year, Ms. Cheng is studying at the Munich Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Germany under the tutelage of Marcus Bosch and Alexander Liebreich. She serves as the assistant conductor of the Ensemble Oktopus für Musik der Moderne and has appeared in performances with the Georgisches Kammerorchester in Ingolstadt, collaborated with Münchener Kammerorchester, and led rehearsals regularly with the Munich Hochschule Symphony Orchestra.

Cheng spent two years as a Doctor of Musical Arts student in orchestral conducting at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, studying under Mark Gibson. She has served as Assistant Conductor and has led performances with the CCM Philharmonia, Concert Orches tra, Café MoMus modern music ensemble, and Mainstage Opera Series. Cheng earned her Master’s degree in conducting from the University of Washington in Seattle and her Bachelor of Music degree from the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

Guy Victor Bordo, conductor

Now in his 20th season with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Guy Victor Bordo has enjoyed a long and exciting relationship with the orchestra and the community. In the past 19 years, the RSO has built a strong reputation for innovative programming and attracted many fine musicians in the region. Because of the outstanding skill and musicianship of the orchestra members, Mr. Bordo has the freedom to explore the repertoire by programming challenging works, both classical and contemporary.

Mr. Bordo also holds the position of Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Akron School of Music. In this role he conducts the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra, the New Music Ensemble, and teaches Advanced Conducting. Last season featured performances of works by Bernstein, Part, Stravinsky, Respighi, Poulenc, Husa, and Mazzoli. In 2015, the UASO was featured in a series of Children’s Concerts sponsored by Akron’s Children’s Concert Society that included over 3500 children. The University Symphony Orchestra performs a wide range of repertoire with many featured faculty soloists, as well as residencies and performances with renowned composers Randy Newman and Marvin Hamlisch; pianists Michael Chertock and Spencer Myer; violinists Maria Bachmann, Ilya Kaler, Andres Cardenes; and cellist Andres Diaz

As Music Director of The University of Akron New Music Ensemble, Mr. Bordo programs a wide range of repertoire from contemporary composers. In the past two seasons, the NME has premiered a number of works by UA faculty and students, as well as performing works by Stuart Greenbaum, Lou Harrison, John Luther Adams and David Lang.

Having a strong interest in bringing new music to the Richmond audience, Mr. Bordo and the RSO have presented a wide range of compositions by living composers. A highlight in this area was the October 2001 residency of the great American composer John Corigliano. The RSO, with soloist Maria Bachmann, performed his composition Chaconne from the film The Red Violin, for which he won an Academy Award.

At home with a wide variety of styles and concert formats, Mr. Bordo has conducted prominent soloists including Yakov Kasman, Ilya Kaler, Lorin Hollander, Andres Cardenes, Anton Nel, Steven Burns, William Wolfram, and Lorraine Min, as well as popular artists Aretha Franklin, Marvin Stamm, The Beach Boys, and Wynonna Judd.  

From 2006-2015 Mr. Bordo was Music Director/Conductor of Akron Baroque, a professional, self-governing orchestra with musicians from Akron, Canton and Cleveland. Active as a guest conductor, Mr. Bordo made his European debut in 1994 with the Lithuanian National Opera Theatre in Vilnius, conducting Verdi's La Traviata. He was invited to return in 1997 where he conducted the State Symphony Orchestra, the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, and the Kaunas Opera Theatre in a production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Additional engagements include Light Opera Works in Chicago and orchestras in Lexington (KY), Cheyenne (WY), Waterloo/Cedar Falls (IA), Fort Collins (CO), the Westshore (MI) Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Elmhurst Symphony (IL), the Cleveland Philharmonic, and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. This season includes return appearances with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. This past summer Mr. Bordo conducted the Symphony Orchestra at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.

Mr. Bordo earned a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting as a student of Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, as well as Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has studied conducting with Gustav Meier at the Tanglewood Music Center; Carl St. Clair, Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra; and Elizabeth Green, author of The Modern Conductor.

Mr. Bordo takes great pride in the accomplishments and artistic quality of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. He is particularly proud of the stability of the RSO and the recent expansion of the audience, as well as the evolution of the repertoire performed by the RSO and the adventurous musical tastes of the Richmond audience.

 

Alexandra Dee, emerging conductor

Alexandra Dee is the newly appointed Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. In this capacity she serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Joliet Symphony Orchestra and teaches other music courses. Additionally, she is the Music Director and Conductor of Chicago's South Loop Symphony Orchestra and a Cover Conductor for the Joffrey Ballet. Currently a doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Ms. Dee is a student of Victor Yampolsky. Her time at Northwestern included performances with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Music Ensemble, and Opera Theater.

Ms. Dee is an alumna of The Florida State University College of Music, where she completed both a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education. While at FSU, she studied conducting with Dr. Alexander Jiménez, choral conducting with André Thomas, and violin with Corinne Stillwell. Her conducting positions at FSU included Assistant Conductor for both the University Symphony Orchestra and University Philharmonia, Conductor for the New Music Ensemble, and founding Music Director and Conductor of the Campus Orchestra. A strong believer that music-making is beneficial and important at all ages and ability levels, Ms. Dee began the Campus Orchestra in the fall of 2011 as a string orchestra geared toward non-music majors from across the university community. The ensemble continues to grow and thrive.

Internationally, Ms. Dee has conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Orkney Conductors Course in Scotland and the Dulwich International Music Academy's Festival Orchestra in Beijing, China. Her previous appointments include Assistant Conductor of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras' Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Big Bend Community Orchestra, and Director of Orchestras at high schools in Florida and Connecticut. In addition to her formal studies, Ms. Dee has attended conducting workshops and festivals at such institutions as the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. She has worked with such renowned conducting pedagogues as Larry Rachleff, Marin Alsop, James Ross, Michael Jinbo, Sian Edwards, Diane Wittry, and Paul Vermel. A consistent advocate for contemporary music, Ms. Dee has performed and premiered numerous works by living composers. In particular, she is a vigorous champion of the works of her husband, composer Roger Zare. 

Guy Victor Bordo, conductor

 

Now in his 19th season with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Guy Victor Bordo has enjoyed a long and exciting relationship with the orchestra and the community. In the past 18 years, the RSO has built a strong reputation for innovative programming and attracted many fine musicians in the region. Because of the outstanding skill and musicianship of the orchestra members, Mr. Bordo has the freedom to explore the repertoire by programming challenging works, both classical and contemporary.

Mr. Bordo also holds the position of Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Akron School of Music. In this role he conducts the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra, the New Music Ensemble, and teaches Advanced Conducting. Last season featured performances of works by Bartok, Ginastera, Tchaikovsky, Glass, Brahms, Rimsky-Korsakov, Dvorak, and Shostakovich. In 2015 the UASO was featured in a series of Children’s Concerts sponsored by Akron’s Children’s Concert Society that included over 3500 children. The University Symphony Orchestra performs a wide range of repertoire with many featured faculty soloists, as well as residencies and performances with renowned composers Randy Newman and Marvin Hamlisch; pianists Michael Chertock and Spencer Myer; violinists Maria Bachmann, Ilya Kaler, Andres Cardenes; and cellist Andres Diaz.

In his role as Music Director of The University of Akron New Music Ensemble, Mr. Bordo programs a wide range of repertoire from contemporary composers. In the past two seasons, the NME has premiered a number of works by UA faculty and students, as well as performing works by Varese, Ruggles and Stravinsky.

Having a strong interest in contemporary music, Mr. Bordo and the RSO have presented a wide range of compositions. A highlight in this area was the October 2001 residency of the great American composer John Corigliano. The RSO, with soloist Maria Bachmann, performed his composition Chaconne from the film The Red Violin, for which he won an Academy Award.
At home with a wide variety of styles and concert formats, Mr. Bordo has conducted prominent soloists including Yakov Kasman, Ilya Kaler, Lorin Hollander, Andres Cardenes, Anton Nel, Steven Burns, William Wolfram, and Mark Kosower, as well as popular artists Aretha Franklin, Marvin Stamm, The Beach Boys, and Wynonna Judd.

From 2006-2015 Mr. Bordo was Music Director/Conductor of Akron Baroque, a professional, self-governing orchestra with musicians from Akron, Canton and Cleveland. Active as a guest conductor, Mr. Bordo made his European debut in 1994 with the Lithuanian National Opera Theatre in Vilnius, conducting Verdi's La Traviata. He was invited to return in 1997 where he conducted the State Symphony Orchestra, the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, and the Kaunas Opera Theatre in a production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Additional engagements include Light Opera Works in Chicago and orchestras in Lexington (KY), Cheyenne (WY), Waterloo/Cedar Falls (IA), Fort Collins (CO), the Westshore (MI) Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Elmhurst Symphony (IL), the Cleveland Philharmonic, and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. This season includes return appearances with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.

Mr. Bordo earned a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting as a student of Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, as well as Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has studied conducting with Gustav Meier at the Tanglewood Music Center; Carl St. Clair, Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra; and Elizabeth Green, author of The Modern Conductor.
Mr. Bordo takes great pride in the accomplishments and artistic quality of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. He is particularly proud of the stability of the RSO and the recent expansion of the audience, as well as the evolution of the repertoire performed by the RSO.

August Symphony Series performance location

Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek 

The Peninsula Music Festival - 10347 Highway 42

Unit B Green Gables Shops 

P.O. Box 340, Ephraim, Wisconsin  54211

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Phone: (920) 854-4060