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Stellar guest conductors announced for 2021-22 season

The Oakville Symphony is thrilled to announce the names of the four guest conductors for the main concert series of the 2021-2022 season, to be held at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.

L to R: Martin MacDonald, Pratik Gandhi, Lorenzo Guggenheim & Geneviève Leclair

Each guest conductor is a short-listed candidate for the position of Oakville Symphony Music Director. Maestro Roberto De Clara will complete his immensely successful 24-year tenure with the Oakville Symphony in June 2021.

Martin MacDonald:

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Martin MacDonald will conduct the Oakville Symphony on November 6 & 7, 2021.

Martin MacDonald has served as Resident Conductor and Associate Conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia. He has guest-conducted extensively across Canada, and made recordings for the CBC.

He has been awarded both the Heinz Unger Award and the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award for orchestral conducting.

Martin MacDonald holds a M.Mus. in Orchestral Conducting from McGill University and a B.Mus. in Cello from Memorial University, Newfoundland.

Pratik Gandhi:

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Pratik Gandhi, Music Director of the Rouge River Winds and Resident Conductor of the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, will conduct the orchestra on February 5 & 6, 2022.

Pratik Gandhi served as Assistant Conductor at Symphony on the Bay (now Burlington Symphony Orchestra), and has guest-conducted other orchestras throughout Ontario. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Concert Band Division at MusicFest Canada, and is a three-time winner of the Ontario Band Association’s Conducting Excellence Award. Pratik Gandhi holds a M.Mus. in Conducting and a B.Mus. in Music Education from Western University, and is pursuing a Doctorate degree at York University.

Lorenzo Guggenheim:

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Lorenzo Guggenheim, Founder and Music Director of the University of Toronto Campus Philharmonic Orchestra, will conduct on April 2 & 3, 202

Lorenzo Guggenheim has experience guest-conducting and assisting performances of symphonic repertoire, opera and new music with orchestras in Canada, the United States, Argentina and Chile.

He is about to complete a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Toronto where he was awarded a full scholarship and teaching position.

Lorenzo Guggenheim holds a M.Mus. in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a bachelor’s from Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires, both in Orchestral Conducting.

Geneviève Leclair:

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Geneviève Leclair, Assistant Professor (Conducting) at Berklee College of Music in Boston, will conduct the orchestra on May 7 & 8, 2022.

Her conducting experience includes many years with the Boston Ballet and as a guest with The National Academy Orchestra of Canada, National Ballet of Canada and the Guelph Symphony Orchestra.

Geneviève Leclair was awarded the 2017 American Prize in Conducting (college/university), and received the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award in Orchestral Conducting in 2010.

She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from Boston University, a M.Mus. and B.Mus. in Flute Performance from Université de Montréal.

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