Maestro Stuart Malina
Now in his 16th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Malina has built a reputation for orchestra building and multi-faceted versatility. In a wide range of concerts, 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’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.
In 2013, Maestro Malina was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of The Florida Orchestra in the Tampa Bay area, where he leads several concerts each season, including the orchestra’s popular and highly acclaimed 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 returned to Carnegie and the Pops in October 2007. He conducted the world premiere of Billy Joel’s Symphonic Fantasies for Piano and Orchestra at the Eastern Music Festival and he led the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra for three seasons, the second time performing with violinist Joshua Bell for a broadcast on Pennsylvania Public Television. Other festival appearances include Chautauqua and Sarasota. He has also appeared with the orchestras of Detroit, Buffalo, Charleston, Fresno, Greensboro, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Naples (Florida), New Mexico, North Carolina (Raleigh), Pittsburgh and Youngstown. Internationally he has appeared with orchestras in Graz (Austria) and Hong Kong and he recently returned from a four-concert tour of Moscow and other Russian cities.
On the opera podium Stuart Malina’s recent production engagements include Opera Delaware (two runs of Porgy and Bess), Piedmont Opera (Massenet’s Manon) and Greensboro Opera (The Barber of Seville). With the Harrisburg Symphony he has also conducted many operas in concert, including La Bohème, Tosca, and La Traviata, plus several Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He has conducted ballet as well, including the Charleston Ballet and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, whose annual performances of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker are highlights of the holiday season.
In May 2008, Maestro Malina spent 11 days in residence with several members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in Tianjin, China, where he conducted the orchestra, coached and performed chamber music. He also served as visiting conducting faculty at Penn State University for the fall semester of 2008.
In 2009, Pennsylvania Public Television awarded Maestro Malina the Joanne Rogers Award for contribution to the artistic life of Pennsylvania, and, in 2010, he was given the Jump Street Spectrum Award for excellence in the arts. He was honored by Lebanon Valley College in 2012 with the Founders Day Award, and that same year received the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from Theatre Harrisburg. In 2013, he received Leadership Harrisburg Area’s Platinum Award for Servant Leadership.
An accomplished pianist, Stuart Malina has impressive credits as soloist and chamber musician. He has performed concertos in Harrisburg, Greensboro, Charleston, New York and Chautauqua, most often conducting from the keyboard. His recent chamber music activities include performances in Indiana (Music at Shaarey Tefilla and at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University); the Market Square Concerts Series in Harrisburg, where he has collaborated with the Jasper Quartet, the Fry Street Quartet, the Enzo Quartet, the Dorian Wind Quintet, and oboist Gerard Reuter; presentations of Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time on the Linton Series in Cincinnati; and recitals with violinist Alexander Kerr and cellists Zvi Plesser and Daniel Gaisford. He has frequently been engaged for the Music for a Great Space Series in North Carolina, and was director of the Piccolo Spoleto Contemporary Music Festival from 1993 to 1995.
As a composer and arranger, Maestro Malina has created dozens of orchestral works, ranging from entire pops shows to works for symphony orchestra. His most recent composition, Brahms Fan Fare received its world premiere by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in May of 2011.
Maestro Malina’s activities also extend to Broadway. In June 2003, he won the Tony award for orchestration with Billy Joel for the musical Movin’ Out, which Malina helped create with director/choreographer Twyla Tharp. He has served as music supervisor for every production of the show, both in the United States and in London. Maestro Malina has also served as Associate Conductor of the National touring company of West Side Story and as conductor of the Charleston production of Porgy and Bess with performances throughout the United States, Canada, and at the Israel Festival in Caesarea. He has also directed the music for over twenty musical theater productions. In 1995, in a strange turn of events, Malina appeared on stage, acting opposite Broadway legend Zoe Caldwell in Terrence McNally’s Tony-winning drama Master Class for its pre-Broadway run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Stuart 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. He studied piano with Drora and Baruch Arnon and with Keiko Sato. He lives in Harrisburg with his wife, Marty, and their two children, Sara and Zev.
More details about Stuart Malina are available on his website at StuartMalina.com.