Robert Spano

Robert Spano
One of the brightest and most imaginative conductors of his generation, Robert Spano shares his passion for ambitious and adventurous orchestral programming and music education.

In 10 seasons as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano has enriched and expanded its repertoire and elevated the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim. In March 2011, Robert Spano was named music director-designate of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he will assume the title of music director this year. At the same time, Mr. Spano was named a fellow of the prestigious Aspen Institute as part of the Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Program.

In his distinguished career, Spano has conducted the greatest orchestras of North America, including those in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. A strong and passionate advocate for music education, Spano is particularly thrilled to take the helm at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2012.

Since Spano’s arrival at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra has reported increased single ticket and subscription sales, while the number of its donors has risen by more than 40 percent. In addition to standard repertoire, he regularly programs and performs music of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as world premieres of ASO-commissioned works.