A conductor is a musician who directs and leads orchestras and choirs by way of visible gestures. The conductor unifies performers, sets the tempo, executes clear preparations and beats, listens critically and shapes the sound of the ensembles. The conductor also chooses the works to be performed, makes certain adjustments to scores, works out interpretations and relays them to the performers.

One of the earliest notable conductors was Felix Mendelssohn (German, 1809-1847) who introduced a new approach of conducting and shaped a new self-understanding of conductors. He also may have been the first conductor to utilize a wooden baton as it is still used today.



Riccardo Muti, Conductor

Riccardo Muti (Italy, July 28, 1941) is considered one of the world's greatest conductors especially of the operas of Verdi. Since 2010, he is the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Illinois USA, which is considered one of the five American orchestras commonly referred to as the “Big Five”.... read more

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Tiffany Poon, Pianist

Tiffany Poon (18, Hongkong) is currently one of the world's best young talents. Her talent has been discovered when she was 4. At the age of 8 years, she was accepted into the Juilliard School Pre-College Division New York where she just won in 2014 first more 

Evgeny Kissin, Pianist

Evgeny Kissin (Russia, born 10. October 1971) is one of the world's greatest solo pianists and known for performing with enormous virtuosity, intense expressiveness and powerful key touch.

At the age of 6, he was discovered as child genius.  read more

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Nigel Kennedy, Violinist

Since the late 80th, Nigel Kennedy (England, born 28 December 1956), has been acknowledged as one of the world's leading violin virtuosos and is, without doubt, one of the most important violinists Britain has ever produced.

One of his most unique achievement is.. read more

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