David Effron, Conductor (Ariadne auf Naxos)
Distinguished symphony and opera conductor David Effron has, over a 40 year career, conducted major symphony and opera companies throughout the world. As a member of the conducting staff of the New York City Opera from 1964 to 1982, he accumulated an operatic repertoire that exceeds 100 operas.
He is Professor of Conducting at the Indiana University School of Music. He previously held this same position at the Eastman School of Music for 20 years, where he was Music Director of the Eastman Philharmonia. In these positions, Effron has trained hundreds of instrumentalists now in professional orchestras worldwide in addition to scores of professionally active conductors. Other positions he has held include, for 11 years, Music Director of the Heidelberg Summer Festival, Principal Conductor of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for five years, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Central City Opera Festival, and, for nine years, Music Director of the Youngstown Symphony. He also was Music Director of the Brevard Music Center.
Effron has been a guest conductor for many leading North American ensembles, including
the Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, Bach Aria Group, orchestras of
Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Denver, Buffalo, Rochester, New Mexico and the National Ballet
of Washington. As an opera conductor, he has appeared on the podium of the San Francisco
Opera, New York City Opera, Tulsa Opera, Greater Buffalo Opera and Opera Columbus.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he grew up in a gifted musical family. His father was concertmaster with the Cincinnati Symphony for 25 years, and his mother was a pianist with that orchestra. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from the University of Michigan and a masters degree from Indiana University. The recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation and Rockefeller Fund, he studied conducting in Cologne, Germany, after which, he returned to America to join the conducting staff of the New York City Opera.
Effron has made many recordings: most notably a 1987 recording on the Pantheon label featuring Benita Valente, Effron, and the Eastman Philharmonia, which won a German Critics Prize; an RCA recording of John Corigliano's "Pied Piper Fantasy" with flutist James Galway was designated by Ovation Magazine as one of three top contemporary classical records in 1988; the 1987 Grammy-award winning recording of Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait"; and a disc of songs by Mahler and Berlioz with orchestra featuring the late mezzo-soprano, Jan DeGaetani.
In addition to his work as a conductor, he has continued his interest in piano performance, and, in the past accompanied such notable artists as George London, Sherrill Milnes and Benita Valente.
He is married to artist Arlene Effron and the father of two children.