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Marc Taddei


US-born New Zealand conductor Marc Taddei conducts every professional orchestra in New Zealand, is a frequent guest conductor of the major Australian orchestras, and returns every year to conduct in the United States. Following a highly successful tenure as music director of the Christchurch Symphony, in 2007 he was appointed music director of the Wellington Orchestra in New Zealand's capital city, where he is repeatedly credited for innovative programming and increasing the support of the Wellington concert-going public. Previously he was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony and Associate Conductor of the Auckland Philharmonia. His performance with the Louisiana Philharmonic was nominated for best Contemporary Classical Performance of the year at the 12th annual Tribute to the Classical Arts in New Orleans.

Marc has worked with a diverse range of artists that includes Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Angela Brown, Julian Lloyd Webber, Horacio Gutiérrez, Simon O’Neill, Joanna MacGregor, Jonathan Lemalu, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Sir Howard Morrison, Michael Houstoun, Gregg Baker, Dame Malvina Major, Helen Callus, Csaba Erdélyi, Joshua Redman, Pedro Carneiro, James Morrison, Diana Krall, Bobby Shew, Art Garfunkel and Kenny Rogers.

Marc's impressive discography includes over twenty recordings on the Sony, BMG, Koch, Columbia, Trust, ASV, Universal, Concordance and Kiwi Pacific labels, and of course, Rattle. Marc’s successes as a recording artist are informed by his work in the industry as a conductor, soloist, orchestral musician and as a producer. His release of British viola concertos with Helen Callus and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra received rave reviews in Gramophone, Classic FM, and Strad magazines and the CD was listed as recording of the month by Music Web International and Classic FM. The American Record guide said of his Berlioz Harold in Italy/Bartok Viola Concerto CD that “this is one of the best Harolds you'll find anywhere, and the Bartok will appeal to anyone dissatisfied by previous editions of the score.” His Rattle CD, “View From Olympus” was awarded Classical Album of the Year in 2007 at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards and spent an unprecedented nine months at #1 in the classical music charts. It was specially featured by Jim Svejda on KUSC-FM in the United States, and on his nationally syndicated programme, The Record Shelf. Marc’s SONY recording with the Christchurch Symphony went double platinum in 2004.

An advocate of new media in performance, and extra-musical collaboration as a means of enriching the artistic experience, Marc has worked with many of New Zealand’s finest composers and visual artists in groundbreaking orchestral and visual collaborations that have energized audiences. One such collaboration, entitled Southern Journeys, was released by Natural History New Zealand as a DVD in 2002. Marc is a graduate of the Julliard School in Manhattan, where he received both bachelors and masters degrees before moving to New Zealand.




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