David Gilbert, Music Director and Conductor
David Gilbert is acclaimed for his dynamic performances with orchestras throughout the United States, the Far East, and Europe. Born to a family of musicians, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and won first prize in the 1970 Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition. Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1970 to 1979, he was Principal Conductor of the American Ballet Theatre from 1971 to 1975.
From 1980 to 1982, at China’s invitation, Gilbert served as principal guest conductor of the Beijing Central Philharmonic. The first American musician to hold a position of prominence in China, he was instrumental in rebuilding that nation’s major symphonic orchestra.
David Gilbert is a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music, where he has conducted both symphony and opera, including several important New York premieres. CDs of Ned Rorem’s ''Miss Julie,'' Benjamin Britten's ''Albert Herring,'' William Mayer's ''A Death in the Family,'' and Scott Eyerly's ''The House of the Seven Gables'' (world premiere performance) with the MSM Opera Department, David Gilbert conducting, have been released. His compositions for chamber ensemble, orchestra, and opera include his ''Concerto for Trombone, Brass and Orchestra,'' ''Ballade Concertante for Tuba and Orchestra,'' and ''Phoenix Madrigal'' for flute and strings.
Mr. Gilbert is music director of the Bergen (NJ) Philharmonic and the Senior Concert Orchestra of New York. He resides in Nutley, New Jersey, with his wife and three children.
Read the Greenwich Time's profile of David Gilbert here.
Tara Simoncic, Associate Conductor and Music Director of Young People's Concerts
Tara Simoncic has enjoyed working as the Greenwich Symphony’s Associate Conductor since 2011 and is thrilled to embark upon her fourth season as the Music Director of the Greenwich Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts, which bring classical music to thousands of students in the Greenwich area each year. Comfortable in all genres, Ms. Simoncic frequently works with symphony, opera, and ballet companies in the U.S. and abroad. An enthusiast of dance repertoire, Ms. Simoncic is currently serving her second season as Music Director of Ballet West in Salt Lake City (Utah) where she has conducted such works as Le Sacre du Printempts, Jeux, Symphony in C, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Fancy Free, to name a few. Ms. Simoncic is also Music Director of the Louisville Ballet (Kentucky) where she has conducted such works as Kammermusic No. 2, Western Symphony, Concerto Barocco, and Square Dance. In 2017, she will work for the first time with the Atlanta Ballet (Georgia) on a new production with British film composer Peter Salem, known for his film scores to Call the Midwife and Great Expectations.
Ms. Simoncic has been the conductor of the Flexible Orchestra, a contemporary ensemble in New York City, since 2003, where she works closely with composers to champion new works specifically written for the ensemble each season. Ms. Simoncic enjoys a thriving international conducting career. Most recently, she conducted performances of Don Giovanni in Trieste at the Piccolo Festival del Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy), The Barber of Seville with Slovenian National Opera Ballet Theatre (Maribor), and a symphonic concert at the International Music Festival in Maribor, Slovenia. She has worked with such notable companies as the American Ballet Theatre, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Stamford Ballet School, Rioult Dance Theatre Company, and the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Ms. Simoncic formerly held the post of Assistant Conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony (Pennsylvania) and Music Director of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestras. From 2001 through 2010, Ms. Simoncic was the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Norwalk Youth Symphony. She has worked extensively with orchestras in the New York area as well as the Knoxville Symphony, the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the Omaha Youth Symphony, the Bohuslav Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic), the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic), the Adygeya Republic National Symphony (Russia), and the Maikop Conservatory Orchestra (Russia). At the age of six, Ms. Simoncic began studying the trumpet and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the New England Conservatory. She holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University, and received a full scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music where she holds a Professional Studies Diploma in Orchestral Conducting. In 2011, Ms. Simoncic received the Bruno Walter Scholarship Award to study with Marin Alsop and Gustav Meyer at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California.
Joshua Bavaro, Assistant Conductor
Joshua Bavaro, Assistant Conductor of the Greenwich Symphony, has been conducting since age sixteen while he was a student at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. Joshua also serves as Assistant Conductor for the Opera on the Avalon, and NY Opera Exchange. He has worked with the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy, Manhattan School of Music Opera Seminar, and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony. Joshua received his Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music in 2012 and is currently pursing his Doctorate in conducting at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Join Joshua Bavaro at his Pre-Concert Lecture one hour prior to each concert for a free, friendly, and informative discussion of the day’s music.