About the Music DirectorConductor David Grandis recently obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. There, he served as the assistant of Professor James Smith with the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Opera. He also recently served as Assistant Conductor of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and Capital City Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Previous positions have included Cover Conductor at the National Philharmonic, Assistant Conductor at the Baltimore Opera Company, and at the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Grandis’ guest conducting opportunities have included the Bordeaux National Symphony Orchestra, Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, Lyon National Opera, Sofia New Symphony Orchestra and Minsk Philharmonic Orchestra.
Before coming to the United States in 2004 for post-graduate study with Gustav Meier at the Peabody Conservatory, Mr. Grandis held positions in his native France, leading the University Orchestra in Grenoble and his own chamber orchestra in Nice. Further studies were completed in several national conservatories in France. He began his conducting apprenticeship with Klaus Weise and earned a B.M. in Musicology in France.
David Grandis received a graduate performance diploma from Peabody Conservatory and during that time served as Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and the Peabody Opera. He earned a master's degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Illinois under Donald Schleicher.
Among the conductors with whom he has participated in master classes are Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Rossen Milanov, Misha Kats, John Farrer, Daniel Lewis and Donald Thulean.
Mr. Grandis has an equal interest in both symphonic and lyric literature. He has studied voice for several years and performed a few roles in productions such as Pagliacci (Silvio), Werther (Albert), Pélléas et Mélisande (Pélléas), Faust (Valentin), and Die Zauberflöte (Papageno). Albert Lance invited him to conduct productions of Gounod’s Faust and Puccini’s Il Tabarro in France. Mr. Grandis was recently Assistant Conductor at the Lyon National Opera in June 2010 for Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and in December 2010 for Massenet’s Werther.