Music Director Stuart Malina

Music Director and Conductor Stuart Malina

In a wide variety of concerts, from masterworks and grand opera to pops, Stuart Malina’s ease on the podium, engaging personality, and insightful interpretations have thrilled audiences and helped to break down the barriers between performer and listener. This year marks Stuart's 21st season as music director and conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. During this period, the orchestra has seen remarkable artistic and economic growth and solidified its place as one of the premiere performing arts organizations in the state. In 2013, he was appointed principal guest conductor of the Florida Orchestra, leading nine concert series each season, including the orchestra’s highly acclaimed Coffee series. In September of 2019, he was appointed Music Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the orchestra of the Adirondacks, which performs for six weeks each summer. This past December, he made his St. Louis Symphony debut.

He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007, conducting the New York Pops in an all-Gershwin tribute including Rhapsody in Blue, which he conducted from the keyboard. An accomplished pianist, Stuart has impressive credits as soloist and chamber musician. He has performed concertos in Harrisburg, Greensboro, Charleston, New York, and Chautauqua, most often conducting from the keyboard. As a composer and arranger, he has created dozens of orchestral works, ranging from entire pops shows to works for symphony orchestra. His most recent composition, Common Fanfare for an Uncommon Orchestra, received its world premiere by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in September of 2017.

Stuart’s activities also extend to Broadway. In 2003, he won the Tony award for orchestration with Billy Joel for the musical Movin’ Out. He acted in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award winning play Master Class, opposite Zoe Caldwell and Audra MacDonald, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Stuart holds degrees from Harvard University, the Yale School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller. He studied piano with Drora and Baruch Arnon and with Keiko Sato.

He resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Marty. They are the proud parents of two children, Sara and Zev.     Website: StuartMalina.com

Assistant Conductor, Yoon Sang Timothy Cho

Based in New York City, Yoon Sang Timothy Cho currently holds the post of Music Director and Conductor for the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (New Jersey) and Artistic Director for the Amadeo Philharmonic Society. Mr. Cho made his sold-out Carnegie Hall conducting debut at the young age of 25 with the New York Premier of the Opera, Seonbi: The Noble and Wise Man, leading the production to a “tremendous success” (Newdaily) with his “artistry of the highest standard… [and] masterful conducting technique” (Asia Today). Mr. Cho has been invited to work as a guest conductor with orchestras such as K-Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Union City Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Cho also has a big heart for music education as he serves on the faculty of the Children’s Orchestra Society. He also has worked closely with youth orchestras such as California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and New York International Youth Philharmonic. From Seoul, South Korea, Mr. Cho began his career in San Jose, CA studying with Byung-Woo Kim with several award-winning violin performances with San Jose Young Artist Concerto Competition and California Young Artist Concerto Competition. He has also toured with San Jose Youth Symphony as the concertmaster in various countries in Eastern Europe and South America. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Manhattan School of Music.

Music Director Emeritus, David Gilbert

After an affiliation of 45 years, David Gilbert retired in 2020 as Music Director of the Greenwich Symphony. A conductor known for his impeccable stick technique and interpretive insight into the entire arc of the symphonic repertoire, David made the orchestra the distinctive institution it is today, forging its role in playing large orchestral works often unfamiliar to audiences. His tenure saw the premiere of many compositions and performances by world-renowned soloists on the verge of major careers. David's magnanimity and deep respect for colleagues brought the world’s finest musicians from near and far to play with the GSO year after year. So well loved and esteemed by audiences and musicians alike, David will now be recognized as Music Director Emeritus of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra.