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Michelle Di Russo conductor

Argentinian-Italian conductor Michelle Di Russo is known for her compelling interpretations, passionate musicality, and championing of contemporary music. Recently appointed Interim Director of Orchestras at Cornell University and as the new Assistant Conductor of North Carolina Symphony, she is a Freeman Conducting Fellow in Chicago Sinfonietta’s prestigious Project Inclusion program and The Dallas Opera Hart Institute, as well as a recipient of the Richard S.Weinert award from Concert Artists Guild.


Past performance highlights include serving as Assistant Conductor for Prague Summer Nights Festival in productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte in the Czech Republic; leading the state premiere of Annika Socolofsky’s Gaze at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music; leading the premiere of Carlos Simon’s This Land at Arizona’s Gammage Memorial Auditorium’s “Beyond the Concert Series;” and serving as cover conductor for Grant Llewellyn with North Carolina Symphony. Di Russo has guest conducted the United States Pershing’s Own Army Band, the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, the Teatro Colón’s Orquesta Académica and the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina Orchestra.

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Piano Concerto No. 2

Dmitri Shostakóvich

Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra