Recently appointed Music Director of
The Phoenix Symphony, Tito Muñoz is increasingly recognized as one
of the most gifted and versatile conductors of his generation. He
previously served as Music Director of the
Opéra National de Lorraine and the
Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy in France. Prior
appointments include Assistant Conductor positions with
The Cleveland Orchestra,
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the
Aspen Music Festival.
Highly in demand as a guest conductor, Mr.
Muñoz has appeared with the orchestras of Alabama, Atlanta, Cincinnati,
Columbus, Eugene, Hartford, Houston, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis,
Milwaukee and San Antonio, among others. Recent and future engagements
include return performances with The Florida Orchestra and the Detroit,
Kitchener-Waterloo, Pasadena, Phoenix and Toledo symphony orchestras, as
well as debuts with the Dallas Symphony, Hawaii Symphony, Louisville
Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Portland (ME)
Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra and the Westchester
Philharmonic. Summer festival engagements have included the Chautauqua
Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra and the Chicago Philharmonic at the
Ravinia Festival. Following debuts in Europe with the Lausanne Chamber
Orchestra and the Opéra de Rennes, Mr. Muñoz has performances with the
Danish Radio Sinfonietta, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken,
Luxembourg Philharmonic, and the Orchestre National de Lorraine. Other
engagements abroad include debuts with the Auckland Philharmonia, Sydney
Symphony and the Sao Paolo State Symphony Orchestra.
continues to maintain a close relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra,
where he has returned to conduct annually, including a critically
acclaimed subscription week as a last-minute replacement for Pierre
Boulez. Mr. Muñoz conducted his first joint performances with The
Joffrey Ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra in the summer of 2009. This
successful collaboration led to further performances in the summer of
2010 as well as an invitation to tour with The Joffrey Ballet in the
2010/11 season. In the 2012/13 season, he conducted The Cleveland
Orchestra’s first complete Nutcracker performances, and, in summer
2013, he led the orchestra’s first staged
Rite of Spring, both with the Joffrey Ballet.
Committed to working
with young artists, Mr. Muñoz has conducted performances at the Aspen
Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Cleveland
Institute of Music, Indiana University, Kent/Blossom Music Festival,
Music Academy of the West, New England Conservatory, New World Symphony,
Oberlin Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, as
well as a nine-city tour with the St. Olaf College Orchestra.
Additionally, he has had ongoing relationships with the Cleveland
Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Portland (OR) Youth Philharmonic,
leading rehearsals and masterclasses. He has also led conducting classes
at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Cleveland Institute of
Music and Indiana University.
During the summers of 2004 through 2006,
Mr. Muñoz attended the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen where he
studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin and participated in
masterclasses with Asher Fisch, Leon Fleisher, George Manahan, David
Robertson, and Leonard Slatkin. He is the winner of the Aspen Music
Festival's 2005 Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize and the 2006 Aspen
Conducting Prize, returning to Aspen as the festival's Assistant
Conductor in the summer of 2007, and later as a guest conductor. He made
his professional conducting debut in 2006 with the National Symphony
Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, invited by Leonard Slatkin as a
participant of the National Conducting Institute. That same year, at the
invitation of David Zinman, he made his Cleveland Orchestra debut at the
Blossom Music Festival.
An accomplished violinist, Mr. Muñoz began his
musical training in the Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program,
continuing studies in violin and composition at the Manhattan School of
Music Preparatory Division. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High
School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and participated in the
InterSchool Orchestras of New York and New York Youth Symphony. He
furthered his training at Queens College (CUNY) as a violin student of
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