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
Born in Indianapolis, IN and raised in Riverdale, NYC, violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov comes from a musical family going back three generations. He received his early musical training from his parents, Michael and Judith before attending pre-college at Manhattan School of Music. Rudiakov has been Artistic Director of the award-winning Manchester (VT) Music Festival MMF since November 2000 and is Music Director and conductor of the Danbury (CT) Symphony. Ari holds viola performance degrees from SUNY Purchase (BM) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (MM), and was a scholarship student at Yale University’s masters program where he studied privately with Jessie Levine and chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet.
Music Director Emeritus
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.