Versatile conductor Gerald Steichen joins Ballet West as Music Director
SALT LAKE CITY – June 11, 2014 – Ballet West is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Maestro Gerald Steichen as its first Music Director in nearly a quarter of a century. With an impressive career that ranges from symphony and opera to ballet, Broadway to chamber music, Mr. Steichen has established himself as one of America’s most versatile musicians. He will be conducting the Ballet West Orchestra, formerly the Utah Chamber Orchestra, beginning in the 2014-15 season.
He currently serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Utah Symphony leading their Entertainment series, including ten years conducting the wildly popular Deer Valley Music Festival. Steichen also spent ten seasons with the New York City Opera, sixteen seasons as Principal Pops Conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and has continued engagements with Utah Opera. He also serves as Principal Conductor and music director of the Ridgefield Symphony in Connecticut and guest conducts the Boston Pops, New Jersey Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and other symphonies and opera companies worldwide.
Steichen has appeared on Broadway and toured nationally with The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, The Secret Garden, Master Class with Dixie Carter and led the New York City Opera Orchestra and soloists in a live public radio broadcast.
“We are thrilled to have Steichen as part of our team,” says Ballet West artistic director Adam Sklute. “His joining the ballet reflects how far we’ve come and promises an exciting future.”
“I’m so looking forward to working with Adam Sklute and the entire Ballet West family,” says Steichen. “Adam continues to do incredible things at Ballet West, and I’m honored to join this renowned company.”
Terence Kern, who formerly held the position for 24 years, transitioned to Music Director Emeritus in 2012. Finding a replacement for such a fixture with the ballet was not an easy one.
“Terry leaves enormous shoes to be filled, and it is such a privilege to continue his commitment and tradition of excellence at Ballet West and the international world of ballet,” says Steichen.
Originally from Tonkawa, Oklahoma, Maestro Steichen holds degrees from Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City University and the University of Southern California.
About Ballet West
Ballet West boasts a rich and varied repertoire, elegant and versatile artists, and an American style and legacy that is as dynamic, expansive and unexpected as the Rocky Mountain region it represents.
For more information about Gerald Steichen, visit his website at http://geraldsteichen.com/