Nicholas Palmer, Music Director and Conductor (9/2002 - 9/2003)
Nicholas Palmer, Artistic Director for the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, is widely regarded as one of the most talented young conductors on the scene today. Maestro Palmer, in his fifth season as Music Director of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, has been called a "brilliant young music director" by Leonard Slatkin, Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Palmer was the recipient of the 1990 Helen M. Thompson Award from the American Symphony Orchestra League as the nation's most outstanding young music director.
Nicholas Palmer is also Music Director and Conductor of the Nashville Ballet, where he conducts the Nashville Symphony for performances at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. In addition, Maestro Palmer is Music Director and Conductor of the Altoona (PA) Symphony, and Evening Under the Stars Music Festival (MA).
A native of Hingham, Massachusetts, Palmer graduated cum laude from Harvard University and has received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Iowa, respectively. He has also studied at the Juilliard School, Pierre Monteux Domaine School, Aspen Music School, the Festival at Sandpoint, and the Academia Chigiana in Italy, where he was a student of Franco Ferrara and Carlo Maria Giulini.
In Europe, Maestro Palmer has conducted the West Bohemia Symphony in the Czech Republic and the ORM Orchestra in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also conducted a series of concerts with the Czech Radio Orchestra in the Nelahozeves and Prague Castles. In July 2002, Nicholas Palmer conducted a two- week concert tour of Italy with the Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo, including performances at the Festival d'Estate at the Villa d'Este.
Orchestras Palmer has conducted in the United States include the Louisville Orchestra, the Billings Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta, New Hampshire Philharmonic, the Quad Cities Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Naples Philharmonic. He has also appeared with the orchestras of Greenville, Huntsville, and Springfield (MO) and at the Penns Woods Music Festival (PA).
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