Salina Symphony of Kansas appoints new music director

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Over the orchestra’s 67-year history, Yaniv Segal will only be the third musical director in the organization’s existence. He was chosen among more than 100 candidates, after five concerts each conducted by a different candidate.

Segal will be involved in the planning for the 2022/2023 season and looks forward to leading the package. “I was immediately impressed with both the capacity and the potential of the Salina Symphony,” he said. “I enjoyed working with the orchestra and appreciated their desire to achieve excellence. Additionally, I felt that the broad base of community support and strong administrative team created an ideal environment to produce transformational artistic experiences. I can’t wait to get back to town and get to work sharing our love of classical music! »

“Yaniv is a gifted conductor with a wealth of experience both on and off the podium,” said Executive Director Adrienne Allen. “The way he embraced the community during the research process was truly impressive.”

Yaniv Segal is laureate conductor and artistic advisor of the Chelsea Symphony, former assistant conductor of the Naples Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and has assisted the New York Philharmonic.

He has performed with numerous orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Kansai Philharmonic, the Sinfonietta Cracovia and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra.

In 2020 Segal collaborated with Sergei Prokofiev’s grandson, composer/DJ Gabriel, and released a new album Beethoven reinvented with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Released on NAXOS, the album featured Beethoven-inspired contemporary music arranged and written by Segal and Gabriel.

As a composer, two years ago, Yaniv wrote Harmony games. Commissioned by the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the piece introduced school-aged children to the orchestra while connecting music and math. During the 2021-22 season, Yaniv’s works and arrangements have been performed by the Reno Philharmonic, Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapid Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, and Norwalk Symphony.

A graduate of Vassar College and the University of Michigan, he also studied with Lorin Maazel and Kurt Masur, and continues to benefit from the mentorship of international conductors Leonard Slatkin and Andrey Boreyko.

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