Linus Lerner

Biography

Conductor Linus Lerner is praised for the charisma and passionate energy that he brings to his musical performances, inspiring performers and transporting audiences. Equally at home on the symphonic podium or in the opera pit, Lerner has conducted groups in the United States, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Spain, South Korea, and Turkey.

Lerner is currently Artistic Director for the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra in Tucson, AZ; the Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil; the Gramado in Concert International Music Festival in Brazil and the San Luis Opera Festival and Linus Lerner International Voice Competition in Mexico. He also serves as a conductor for the Round Top Music Festival Hill in the USA. Previous positions include: Artistic Director for the Oaxaca Opera Festival in Mexico, Faculty for the Festival of the Gulf in Italy, Associate Conductor for the Opera in the Ozarks, Co-Conductor of the Tallahassee Youth Symphony Orchestra and the University of Arizona Philharmonic; Artistic Director and Conductor for Bayou City Performing Arts; Beijing Concert Hall Opera Festival and the Southern Arizona Opera Company; Assistant Conductor for the Arizona Opera, the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra and Opera, and the University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra.

Recent conducting engagements include: the Symphony Orchestras of Vidin, Sliven and the Sofia Sinfonieta in Bulgaria; the Panama National Symphony Orchestra; the Korean Peace Orchestra in South Korea; the Fondi Music Festival Orchestra in Italy; the Antalya Symphony Orchestra in Turkey; the Symphony Orchestras of Tsingtao, Fuzhou, Hunan and the National Film and Radio Orchestra in China; Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Arlington Symphony, Garland Symphony Orchestra; Opera in the Heights, Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra and Miami University Symphony Orchestra in the USA; the Acapulco Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestras of the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosí in Mexico; the Opera Studio of the University of Pernambuco, the Gramado Symphony Orchestra and the Opus Chamber Orchestra in Brazil;

With the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Lerner has recorded a CD of Tucson’s contemporary composers in 2014 and, most recently, a CD of viola concertos by Amanda Harberg and Max Wolpert with violist Brett Deubner. With OSRN, he prepares a season of over 30 concerts, conducting to enthusiastic audiences and full houses. The orchestra recently recorded the music of Brazilian composer Tonheca Dantas. Their Carmina Burana won the title of “Best Show of the Year.” Other recording credits include four CDs with the Reveille Men’s Chorus and a CD with the Bayou City Women’s Chorus.

As a clinician, maestro Lerner has worked with various orchestras, choruses, singers, and conductors and was a major advisor with Placido Domingo and Yo -Yo Ma for El Sistema “La Esperanza Azteca” in Mexico, where he taught most of the more than 100 conductors. Lerner has also sung with various opera companies and orchestras in the USA, Brazil and Europe and has been awarded prizes in a number of vocal competitions.

Linus Lerner received his Doctor of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Arizona, his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University, his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and his Bachelor of Music in Choral Conducting from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.

Repertoire

SELECTED ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE PERFORMED
Composer Work
Barber Violin Concerto
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Beethoven Triple Concerto
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Brahms Symphony No. 1
Brahms Symphony No. 2
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Copland Rodeo
Dvořák Symphony No. 8
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 (New World)
Gershwin Piano Concerto in F
Handel Messiah
Hindemith Der Schwanendreher
Holst The Planets
Hovhaness And God Created Great Whales
Elgar Enigma Variations
Liszt Piano Concert No. 1
Mahler Symphony No. 4
Martinu Rhapsody-Concerto
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
Orff Carmina Burana
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Rutter Mass of the Children
Saint-Säens Violin Concerto No. 3
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
Shostakovich Festive Overture
R. Strauss Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 1
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, Opus 64
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet
Verdi Requiem
SELECTED OPERATIC REPERTOIRE
Composer Work Company Year
Puccini Madama Butterfly Panama Opera Festival, Panama 2016
Mozart Don Giovanni San Luis Opera Festival, San Luis Potosí, Mexico 2016
Mozart Die Zauberflöte San Luis Opera Festival 2016
Puccini Suor Angelica San Luis Opera Festival 2016
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Oaxaca Opera Festival, Oaxaca, Mexico 2015
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Oaxaca Opera Festival 2015
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Federal University of Pernambuco Opera Studio 2013
Offenbach Les contes d’Hoffmann Brooklyn Opera Company 2012
Bizet Les pêcheurs de perles Opera in the Heights 2011
Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors Wick Chamber Orchestra and Singers, Tucson, AZ 2010
J. Strauss Jr. Die Fledermaus Opera in the Heights 2010
Mozart Die Zauberflöte National Radio and Film Orchestra, Beijing National Opera 2011
Puccini Suor Angelica Southern Arizona Opera Company 2010
Léhar Die lustige Witwe Southern Arizona Opera Company 2009
Barab Only a Miracle Southern Arizona Opera Company 2008
Verdi Un ballo in maschera Brooklyn Opera Company 2007
Verdi La traviata Opera in the Ozarks, Inspiration Point, Arkansas 2006
Puccini Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi Opera in the Ozarks 2006
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Opera in the Ozarks 2006
Handel Semele University of Colorado – Boulder 2004
Rossini La cenerentola Arizona Opera (Assistant Conductor) 2004
Mozart Don Giovanni International Opera Workshop, Plovdiv, Bulgaria 2003
Bizet Carmen International Opera Workshop 2003
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro International Opera Workshop – Karlovy Vary and Hadrez Kralove Symphony Orchestra, Czech Republic 2002
Haydn La canterina University of Arizona Opera 2004
Nicolai The Merry Wives of Windsor University of Arizona Opera 2004
J. Strauss Jr. Die Fledermaus University of Arizona Opera 2003
RECORDINGS
Title Company Year
CELEBRATION Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra 2013
100 Years of Tonheca Dantas Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte 2013
Winterlight Bayou City Women’s Chorus 2009
A Foreign Affair Reveille Men’s Chorus 2008
Pride Reveille Men’s Chorus 2006
Christmas Collection Reveille Men’s Chorus 2004
Let All Men Sing Reveille Men’s Chorus 2004

In The Press

“Lerner guided the orchestra in what was the most sublime four minutes of the afternoon. SASO performed it gorgeously…It was as close to perfect as you can get without popping in a CD of the London Symphony Orchestra…Trevor swayed slightly to the beat being performed admirably by the orchestra, her movements matching those of Lerner, whose conducting style is infectiously energetic and boundlessly impassioned….If you were watching closely, you could see Lerner almost singing along to the score, summoning the brass section to create an eerie wail. He turned to the strings then the woodwinds and on his cue they joined in to create a lush melody that became a sterling soundscape filling St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Sunday afternoon.” – Tucson.com / Arizona Daily Star

“Maestro Lerner is not just a wonderful conductor; he is a wonderful musician. A true musician’s conductor. With every phrase he literally seeps music, with every breath the composer’s intentions flow.” – Brett Deubner, violist

“Maestro Linus Lerner’s music reflects his warmth, sincere personality. With his highly professional approach, his performances show diverse dimensions and colourful fragrance. – Edwin So Kim

“Lerner wove flashes of playfulness into a concert seeped in swooning majesty.” – Arizona Daily Star

“Lerner was a joy to watch… His energy and passion were contagious.” – Arizona Daily Star

“It was an exhilarating, life-affirming two-hour journey. Throughout, Lerner produced crisp, fluid vocal lines that complemented every language.” – Arizona Daily Star

“Lerner’s burnished sound and incredible stage presence was featured in the solo, “Largo al factotum,” also from “The Barber of Seville.” – The Pueblo Chieftain

“The only bad thing about A Twisted Holiday is that it was one night only. And fans of the chorus will have to wait until March for their next performance.” – Houston Press

“Lerner was able to coax a warm, vibrant sound from his players… the end result was a confident reading shimmering with vibrancy and tumult.” – Arizona Daily Star

“A less able ensemble would not have been able to make Orff’s music leap from the page and take on a life on its own, with lush colors, vibrant personality and an energy that was infectious. Lerner deserves much of the credit. He brought to the podium energy, enthusiasm and endless charm. His musicians follow his lead with equal energy.” – Arizona Daily Star

“Linus Lerner imbued Fledermaus with flexible sparkle.” – The Opera Magazine, London

“Linus Lerner conducts with force and feeling, drawing sensitive playing and full sound from the 23-person orchestra.” – Houston Chronicle

“The verdict: The opera is a stunner, and maestro Linus Lerner and chorus master C. Vincent Fuller deserve much credit for making the utmost with minimal resources.” – Houston Press

“Maestro Linus Lerner has never been better as he energetically and charismatically conducts an inspired orchestra that seems to shine brighter and brighter with each new measure of Bizet’s remarkable orchestrations.” – Houston Chronicle

“On the podium is the energetic and expressive maestro, Linus Lerner, who conducts the talented twenty-three strong Opera in the Heights orchestra with precision and aplomb.” – Houston Chronicle

“The Execution: Opera in the Heights imbues this froth with real animation, thanks to the brisk pace of maestro Linus Lerner.” – Houston Press