William Garfield Walker, Principal Conductor
Recently appointed Principal Conductor, 2018 will see Walker conducting the Moonlight Symphony Orchestra on their first European Tour with performances in Vienna’s Konzerthaus the MUTH- Concert Hall of the Vienna Boy’s Choir, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Hall. Previously Walker has served as the Principal Conductor of the Royal College of Music Oratorio Society and at the age of 20, Walker founded the Virtuoso Philharmonic of Chicago, where he served as Music Director and Principal Conductor.
The summer season will see Walker attending the famed Aspen Music Festival as a Conducting Fellow. In 2018 he also a recipient of a Conducting Fellowship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Conducting Scholarship.
A few of the orchestras that Walker has recently worked with include the Berliner Sinfonietta, Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, London Classical Soloists, Moonlight Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Reino de Aragon, “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra and the Musicians of the Mississippi Symphony in a highly successful Benefit Concert for the victims of 2017’s hurricanes done in collaboration with the American Red Cross.
His mentors during his studies and in masterclasses include venerable maestros such as Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Michail Jurowski, Jorma Panula, Cristian Măcelaru, Michael Rosewell, Dwight Oltman, and Andreas Steoher.
Learn More: www.williamgarfieldwalker.com
Vicente Chavarría, Conductor
Conductor, composer, and scholar Vicente Chavarria is a versatile musician currently based in Leuven, Belgium. As a conductor, he has prepared ensembles for Alberto Grau, Scott Seaton, Cristian Grases, Adam Knight Gilbert, and Ruben Valenzuela. A pupil of Morten Lauridsen, Dr. Chavarria’s compositions and arrangements have been performed worldwide by various artists and ensembles and are published by Santa Barbara, Alliance, and Augsburg Fortress.
Dr. Chavarria holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Miami. He has served on the faculty of the San Francisco Early Music Society Medieval & Renaissance Workshop; he also taught a freshman course in Introductory Musicology at the University of Miami.
He founded and led the early music ensembles Flos Campi and La Monarca in LA and directed the Gloria Dei Choir (La Habra, CA) for four years. Before that, he founded and led the Fra Angelico Chamber Choir and the Sibelius Camerata for four years.
He made his international debut in 2008, conducting the Sinfonia Bucharest in Romania. He has performed with The Boston Camerata, Bach-Collegium San Diego, LASchola, St. John’s Cathedral Choir, USC Baroque Sinfonia, USC Collegium Workshop, USC Chamber Singers, and Compline Scholars, and has guest conducted the Chamber Opera of USC, San Gabriel Valley Choral Company, Orange County Recorder Society, and Viols West. He has performed in masterclasses for Trudy Kane, Rodney Eichenberger, Paul O’Dette, Andreas Scholl, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, Anne Azéma, and the Hilliard Ensemble, as a baritone and on harpsichord, continuo organ, recorder, and Baroque guitar.