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A vibrant presence in the orchestral world, Lawrence Isaacson continues to make his mark as one of today's newest faces on the conducting scene. Interesting programming, energetic performances, audience interaction and a spirit of collaboration with presenters and ensembles alike, have earned him numerous re-engagements.

Currently, he is the Music Director and Conductor of Symphony Nova, formerly the Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, an orchestra that he founded in 2007. Mr. Isaacson is a regular guest conductor at the Aspen (CO) Music Festival and has also guest conducted the Oregon Symphony (OR), Longwood Symphony, (MA) and at the Round Top (TX) and Eastern (NC) Music Festivals. He is the former Director of Orchestras at the Usdan Center for the Performing Arts (NY) as well as Conductor emeritus of the Parkway Concert Orchestra (MA).

Mr. Isaacson brings to the podium many years of experience as an orchestral musician. A former trombonist, who began his career at the age of 19 performing as an extra with the Chicago Symphony at Carnegie Hall, he has performed worldwide in concert and on recordings with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Detroit Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony and the Empire Brass Quintet. These years of instrumental performance allowed him to collaborate with many great conductors, including Georg Solti, Edo de Waart, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Neemi Jrvi, Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, Keith Lockhart and Erich Kunzel.

Born into a family of musicians and educators, Mr. Isaacson has taught for over 30 years. He is a former faculty member of Boston University, MIT, New England Conservatory, Tufts University, University of New Hampshire, Mannes College of Music, McMaster University and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. As an educator of younger students, he has conducted Middle to High school students in all-District orchestras and at the Usdan Center for the Performing and Creative Arts on Long Island. His current teaching duties include a faculty position at The Boston Conservatory, where he is Associate Director of the Music Division.

Mr. Isaacson has released two albums to date. "Heroic Sounds", performed by the Old South Brass, was released in 2001. The CD includes numerous transcriptions for brass, organ and timpani and four new commissions by Boston composer Kevin Kaska. The second CD was released in 2005 and brings together the Metropolitan Wind Symphony and two great brass soloists of today - Adam Frey, Euphonium and Scott Hartman, Trombone.

In addition to his work with Maestro Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C. (2002), Mr. Isaacson trained at the Academy of Conducting at Aspen (2000) under Maestros David Zinman, Muray Sidlin and Jorma Panula. He has had additional studies at workshops under several masters of the podium: Michael Tilson Thomas, Christopher Wilkins, Larry Rachlef, Daniel Lewis and Simon Rattle.

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