CONDUCTORMusic Director: The Phoenix Symphony
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Praised for his versatility, technical clarity, and keen musical insight, Tito Muñoz is internationally recognized as one of the most gifted conductors on the podium today. Now in his seventh season as as the Virginia G. Piper Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony, Tito previously served as Music Director of the Opéra National de Lorraine and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy in France. Other prior appointments include Assistant Conductor positions with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival. Since his tenure in Cleveland, Tito has celebrated critically acclaimed successes with the orchestra, among others stepping in for the late Pierre Boulez in 2012 and leading repeated collaborations with the Joffrey Ballet, including the orchestra’s first staged performances of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in the reconstructed original choreography of Vaslav Nijinsky.
Tito has appeared with many of the most prominent orchestras in North America, including those of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee, as well as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. He also maintains a strong international conducting presence, including recent and forthcoming engagements with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, SWR Symphonieorchester, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, a tour with Orchestre National d’Île de France, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opéra de Rennes/The Turn of the Screw, Auckland Philharmonia, Sydney Symphony and Sao Paolo State Symphony.
As a proponent of new music, Tito champions the composers of our time through expanded programming, commissions, premieres, and recordings. He has conducted important premieres of works by Christopher Cerrone, Kenneth Fuchs, Dai Fujikura, Michael Hersch, Adam Schoenberg, and Mauricio Sotelo. During his tenure as Music Director of the Opéra National de Lorraine, Tito conducted the critically-acclaimed staged premiere of Gerald Barry’s opera The Importance of Being Earnest. A great advocate of the music of Michael Hersch, he led the world premiere of Hersch’s monodrama On the Threshold of Winter at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2014, followed by the premiere of his Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 2015, a piece they also recorded with the International Contemporary Ensemble on the New Focus label, released in summer 2018. Most recently he gave the world and European premieres of I hope we get a chance to visit soon at the Ojai and Aldeburgh Festivals.
A passionate educator, Tito regularly visits North America’s top conservatories/universities, summer music festivals, and youth orchestras. He has led performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, New England Conservatory, New World Symphony, Oberlin Conservatory, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, University of Texas at Austin, and National Repertory Orchestra, as well as a nine-city tour with the St. Olaf College Orchestra. He maintains a close relationship with the Kinhaven Music School, which he attended as a young musician, and now guest conducts there annually. Tito also enjoys a regular partnership with Arizona State University where he has held a faculty position and is a frequent guest teacher and conductor.
Born in Queens, New York, Tito began his musical training as a violinist in New York City public schools. He attended the LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, the Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, and the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division. He furthered his training at Queens College (CUNY) as a violin student of Daniel Phillips. Tito received conducting training at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin. He is the winner of the Aspen Music Festival’s 2005 Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize and the 2006 Aspen Conducting Prize, returning to Aspen as the festival’s Assistant Conductor in the summer of 2007, and later as a guest conductor.
Tito made his professional conducting debut in 2006 with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, invited by Leonard Slatkin as a participant of the National Conducting Institute. That same year, he made his Cleveland Orchestra debut at the Blossom Music Festival. He was awarded the 2009 Mendelssohn Scholarship sponsored by Kurt Masur and the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Foundation in Leipzig, and was a prizewinner in the 2010 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt.
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Tito Muñoz steps in to conduct the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
November 4th, 2022
Bravo to Tito Muñoz for stepping in at the eleventh hour to conduct the BBC last week. The programme included Anna Clyne: This Midnight Hour, Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring Eric Lu, and Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra. “Muñoz’s pacing was masterfully gauged […] He certainly had the SSO playing their best so far this…Read more ›
Tito Muñoz jumps in with the Detroit Symphony
July 19th, 2022
Tito Muñoz, returning from a week at Brevard Music Center, had just landed at Newark Airport near New York City on Sunday afternoon when he received a call from us re-routing him to Detroit to jump in with the DSO this week. He will appear in two performances at Interlochen Center for the Arts, one…Read more ›
Tito Muñoz makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
May 19th, 2021
In a triumph of determination over Covid-related hurdles, New York-based conductor Tito Muñoz makes his debut with the RPO at Cadogan Hall in London on 19th May 2021. This will be the orchestra’s first concert at the hall after the latest relaxation of restrictions, and promises to be a memorable event for everyone involved. The…Read more ›
Tito Muñoz makes his New York Philharmonic debut.
February 10th, 2021
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra has launched a new streaming series called NYPhil+ This week, Tito Muñoz conducts the following programme, in his first performance with the orchestra: Copland Quiet City ML Williams Selections from Zodiac Suite Still Out of the Silence Ives The Unanswered Question Copland Appalachian Spring (for 13 instruments) For more…Read more ›
Tito Muñoz: Orchestre national d’Île-de-France
January 8th, 2021
Tito Muñoz begins the year in Europe, conducting concerts with the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France over the coming week. The ‘Passions Russes’ programme includes Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto performed by soloist Alena Baeva, along with his 6th Symphony ‘Pathétique’. Muñoz made his debut with the orchestra in the 2019/20 season with a programme which included Beethoven’s Violin…Read more ›
“Muñoz’s pacing was masterfully gauged […] He certainly had the [BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra] playing their best so far this season.”
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