Assistant Professor and Director of Instrumental Activities
Mark Mandarano recently concluded his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, leading a concert of works by J. S. Bach in the historic hall of the Moscow Conservatory. In 2007, he performed a gala concert with the orchestra in Carnegie Hall featuring soloists from the Bolshoi and Kirov opera houses. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Sinfonietta of Riverdale in New York City.
Mandarano has worked with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, the Long Beach Symphony, the Nürnberger Symphoniker and the Ural Philharmonic. In 2005, he was mentored by Leonard Slatkin, conducting the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has assisted and/or prepared orchestras for such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Roger Norrington, Leon Botstein, Carl St. Clair & Valery Gergiev. He has held staff conducting positions with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and the Bard Festival. He has conducted performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other important venues in the U. S. and abroad.
In 1998, Mark Mandarano conducted the world premiere performances of the work that won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1999: Melinda Wagner’s Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion.
Mandarano holds degrees from Cornell University and Peabody Conservatory. He has studied conducting with Karel Husa, Frederik Prausnitz and Harold Farberman. He has been in masterclasses and workshops with Kurt Masur, Zdenek Macal, Jorma Panula and Gustav Meier. He has served on the faculty at Lehman College, Bard College and California State University, Fullerton.