Press Release: October 1, 2019
The Lake Placid Sinfonietta has chosen Stuart Malina to be the orchestra’s next Music Director
Maestro Malina brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the post and will bring a fresh direction and energy to the ensemble which celebrated its’ 100th performance season in 2017. In accepting the position Stuart Malina said, “I am thrilled and grateful to have been chosen the new Music Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. If the two weeks I spent with the orchestra this summer are any indication, my time in Lake Placid in the upcoming summers will be filled with beauty, friendship, and music making on the highest level. I can’t wait to begin!”
This selection was the result of a two-year process coordinated by a search committee chaired by Mary Dietrich, a member of the Sinfonietta’s Advisory Board and former Board President. The search committee, comprised of board members, musicians and supporters, culled more than a hundred applications for the position to bring three outstanding candidates to the Lake Placid Sinfonietta podium during this past summer’s season. The committee also coordinated the process of obtaining feedback from audiences during the summer, carefully reviewing all the paper and online forms received, and worked with orchestra musicians to ensure their insight into the selection process was included. In thanking the committee, Mary Dietrich said, “I could not be more appreciative of the many volunteer hours committee members spent on this task, it is a real testament to how much this community values our orchestra!”
Stuart Malina will take the helm as Music Director on October 1, 2019, the start of the orchestra’s fiscal year. He is currently beginning his 20th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, where he has built a reputation for orchestra building and multi-faceted versatility. From masterworks and grand opera to pops, Maestro Malina’s ease on the podium, engaging personality, and insightful interpretations have thrilled audiences and helped to break down the barriers between performer and listener wherever he has worked. Maestro Malina was previously Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (1996-2003), and Associate Conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (1993-97). Maestro Malina also serves as Principal Guest Conductor of The Florida Orchestra in the Tampa Bay area, where he conducts several concerts each season, including the popular Coffee Series. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in February of 2007, conducting the New York Pops in an all-Gershwin tribute including Rhapsody in Blue, which he conducted from the keyboard. He has performed as a guest conductor with many orchestras in the US and internationally. In 2016, Stuart conducted two concert tours of Russia, sponsored by the United States Embassy in Russia. Stuart Malina also performs frequently as a pianist, both as a soloist and in chamber music performances. In June 2003, he won a Tony award for orchestration with Billy Joel for the musical Movin’ Out, which Malina helped create with director/choreographer Twyla Tharp. Maestro Malina holds degrees from Harvard University, the Yale School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller. The Maestro lives in Harrisburg with his wife, Marty, and their two teenage children, Sara and Zev.