David Handel

"Handel's decisive style brought cohesive, blended sounds, precise attacks, and bold dynamics from the orchestra, in a performance that was polished, expressive and full of carefully shaped phrases throughout..."

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, USA

"... Handel has brought the National Symphony of Bolivia to levels of public awareness and excellence heretofore unknown. His energetic podium manner and repose in real life are fresh air in our midst."

- COSAS, Syndicated South American Magazine

"Much more than pure joy (Beethoven's Ninth Symphony)...The (capacity) more than 2,000 people in attendance gave a massive ' YES' to this performance... The extremely notable interpretation of this universal classic, under the direction of Maestro David Handel, revealed the true vigor of the original score... Every one of the singularities of each of the four movements was indicated by Maestro Handel with mathematical precision, but at the same time filled with enchantment... All were received with an extended standing ovation... The musicians and public alike were radiant with joy."

- Diario UNO, Argentina

""Under David Handel's baton, the Orchestra produced an overture replete with interesting variety. Emphasis was placed o rhythmic appeal. Furthermore, fluid sections with ritardandi were particularly effective... Equally impressive in shape and accomplishment was the melancholy and dramatic where Handel's attentive conducting was also remarkable for its sensitivity."

- The Sunday Times, Malta

American Conductor David Handel Named Music Director
of the Orquesta Sinfonica Un Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina.
Read more about it here.

Press Kit

American conductor David Handel has achieved an extraordinary reputation as one of the most respected and innovative conductors in Latin America. His fame throughout the continent, imaginative programming and distinctive community approach fill halls wherever he conducts. Since the beginning of his tenure in Bolivia, audience attendance has grown twelve-fold, most of the new audience composed of young concertgoers. Handel's energy and critical acclaim has made him one of the busiest conductors in Latin America and has led to his numerous invitations as guest conductor with the most important orchestras of the region.

First noticed by Kurt Masur, then Music Director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, David Handel was invited to serve as his apprentice conductor at this historic institution. Since then, he has led orchestras throughout the world, including programs for international radio and television broadcast. In 1993, David Handel was one of a few young conductors selected to conduct the New York Philharmonic in a preview of young conductors at Carnegie Hall. As a guest conductor, David Handel has performed widely in the United States, Europe, Central Asia and in Latin America. Maestro Handel has led numerous first performances and world premiers and has to his credit a considerable list of television and compact disc recordings.

Twice a fellow of the prestigious Fulbright Program, David Handel is a laureate of the Chicago Artists International Program and has received numerous awards including two Rackham awards, the Marguerite Lapp Scholarship for Exceptional Musical Talent, two Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council awards, the Decoration of Illimani for outstanding community service in the arts (La Paz, Bolivia), the UNESCO /Pro-Santa Cruz National Prize in Culture (Bolivia), the Pedro D. Murillo Medal of Honor (La Paz, Bolivia) and a fellowship from the Leipzig Gewandhaus (Germany). He has represented the United States in Latin America and Central Asia as a Cultural Ambassador through the US State Department Cultural Specialist Program.

Among David Handel's upcoming activities are releases of three compact disc recordings with the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia and the UNCuyo Symphony Orchestra of works by Erich Eisner, David Winkler and Antonin Dvorak. Two recordings on the Naxos label are planned with the National Symphony of Argentina and the UNCuyo Symphony Orchestra for release in 2008. 2008 will also mark the second year of the Guadalquivir Festival which he founded in the Andean town of Tarija, Bolivia, a Festival which brings together some of the finest orchestral musicians from throughout the Southern Cone region of South America. His future engagements as guest conductor include programs with the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, the San Juan Symphony Orchestra (Argentina), the Bahia Blanca Symphony Orchestra (Argentina), and the Amazon Philharmonic (Manaus, Brazil) at the famed Teatro Amazonas, the Unity Festival Orchestra in Erbil, Iraq, concerts in the United States, Poland and Bulgaria as well as return engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra of Malta and the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra.


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