Introducing Guest Conductor Michael Newnham
Michael Newnham will join Orchestra Toronto to conduct our March 4 light classics concert, America the Beautiful (and all rehearsals leading up to the performance).
Maestro Newnham is best known for his intense and inspiring conducting style, based on a deep knowledge of the score and informed by a strong interest in languages, cultures and history. A born communicator, his open and direct contact with musicians and audiences creates performances full of expression and energy.
Music Director of Symphony New Brunswick, Camerata NB and the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Newnham has been instrumental in bringing these ensembles to new artistic heights and raising their profile on the provincial and national level.
Along with his appearances in his native Canada, Newnham has also appeared at the helm of many orchestras and opera companies throughout Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Italy and South Korea.
Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Newnham studied at Indiana University School of Music, Chopin Academy of Music (Warsaw) and U of T. Before taking up the baton, he began his musical career as a trombonist, playing with the Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies, as well as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
A resident of Peterborough, Ontario, Newnham lives with his wife, cellist Zuzanna, two daughters, and four cats. He is an accomplished home barista (not for the cats, though).
OT is excited to welcome Maestro Newnham to the podium to conduct our symphonic tribute to the American Dream.