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This year marks
Maestro Edelstein’s third as music director/conductor of the
Williamsport Symphony. A native of Argentina, Gerardo Edelstein has
conducted orchestras and choirs in Europe, South America, Asia and the
In Buenos Aires, he conducted several instrumental and vocal ensembles. As principal conductor of the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir and Orchestra in Israel, Mr. Edelstein appeared on radio and television and toured throughout the country performing the masterworks of the choral-symphonic repertoire.
In the United States, Maestro Edelstein served as assistant conductor, associate conductor and music advisor for the Richmond Symphony in Virginia conducting a variety
of performances including several subscription series. Under his leadership, the Symphony won first prize in the year 2000 for innovative music programming awarded by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.
Gerardo Edelstein has guest conducted the Israel Sinfonietta and the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra in Israel, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, the
Kharkov Philharmonic in the Ukraine, the Tucuman Symphony Orchestra and Choir and
the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina, the Houston Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Ballet, the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, the Pennsylvania Chamber Chorale and Orchestra and the Kalamazoo, Williamsport and San Antonio Symphonies in the United States. In the summer of 2004, Mr. Edelstein was invited to guest conduct in the first international orchestra festival in Dublin, Ireland.
Committed to the education of young musicians, Mr. Edelstein served as clinician and guest conductor for many orchestra festivals in Virginia, Texas, Vermont, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania. He has collaborated also with such orchestras as the San Antonio Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony for side-by-side concerts. He gave master classes and conducting workshops in the United States as well as the Catholic University in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Maestro Edelstein graduated with high honors from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires in Piano and from the J. J. Castro Conservatory of La Lucila in Choral Conducting. He continued his music education in Israel at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music where he won the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Scholarship awarded by the American/Israel Cultural Foundation. In the United States he received a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. His teachers include Mendi Rodan, Helmuth Rilling and Larry Rachleff, among others.
Currently, Mr. Edelstein is director of orchestral studies, music director of the Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras at the Pennsylvania State University and music director of Music at Penn’s Woods summer festival.
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