January – Mélisse Brunet

JANUARY 8-9, 2022

Conductor: Mélisse Brunet
William Hagen, Violin

Joan Tower - Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Lalo - Symphonie Espagnole
Dvořák - Symphony No. 7

Concerts are held at the Performing Arts Center at Greenwich High School, 10 Hillside Road
Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.

French conductor Mélisse Brunet is the Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, an orchestra made up of freelance musicians from the NYC and Philadelphia areas. A protégée of Pierre Boulez, she is one of the twelve conductors selected for the first Conducting Competition La Maestra. Ms. Brunet was one of the six conductors selected for the 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, chosen for their “experience, talent, leadership potential, and commitment to a career in service to American orchestras.” In 2017, she was one of six conductors chosen for the international Hart Institute for Women Conductors at the Dallas Opera, selected from 161 applicants from 33 countries. A native of Paris, Ms. Brunet began her studies on the cello, and also learned to play the trumpet, French horn, and piano. She holds diplomas from the Paris Conservatory and the Université la Sorbonne, as well as a Professional Studies diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Doctorate in conducting from the
University of Michigan. She studied French, English, German, and Italian lyric diction, and she speaks English, French, Italian, Chinese, and German.

william.hagen.violinMs. Brunet will be joined by guest soloist William Hagen. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mr. Hagen began playing the violin at the age of four. He has studied with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School, Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy, and was a longtime student of Robert Lipsett, studying with Mr. Lipsett both at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts and at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. In 2015, Mr. Hagen won third prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, one of the highest-ranking Americans in the competition’s history. Since that time, he has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Violinist.com has said that Mr. Hagen has “impeccable timing, an intellectual command of line and score and just the right amount of power to push his cadenzas to the fore.”