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Robert Spano is a conductor, pianist, composer, and teacher. Previously for HGO, he conducted Nixon in China (2017), Eugene Onegin (2002), and Billy Budd (1998). After 20 seasons as Music Director, he continues his association with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Music Director Laureate. As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2011, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs for 630 students and young performers. Principal Guest Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 2019, Spano became Music Director Designate in April 2021, and began an initial three-year term as Music Director in August 2022. With a discography of critically acclaimed recordings for Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon, and ASO Media, Spano has won four Grammy Awards and eight nominations with the Atlanta Symphony. He serves on the faculty at Oberlin Conservatory and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, and Oberlin. He is a recipient of the Georgia Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities, and one of two classical musicians inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

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