Arthur Post is in his fourth season as Music Director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada. He continues as Music Director of the San Juan Symphony, where in his twelfth acclaimed season he has built a reputation for groundbreaking programming that combines the great classics with music reflecting local culture and concerns. In the United States, he has led more than a dozen major orchestras, including the Detroit, Houston, New Jersey, Columbus, North Carolina, Virginia, Grand Rapids, San Antonio and Richmond symphonies. The 2012-13 season saw his debut with the the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra (OBC) conducting Pablo Casals’ Oratorio El Pessebre, which was recorded and distributed on CD by the orchestra. He also led the OBC in their performance for the opening ceremonies of the 2013 World Championships of Aquatic Sports.
As a guest conductor in Europe, Mr. Post made his debut with the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin in 1993 and has recorded with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for the BMG label. Other international appearances include the Helsinki Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, London Mozart Players, Saarland Radio Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, and the National Orchestras of Lille and Toulouse in France. Mr. Post has worked regularly on the conducting staff of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona where he has collaborated with singers Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flores, José van Dam, Samuel Ramey, Joyce DiDonato and Eva Podles, among others. He has performed with leading artists Sarah Chang, Julia Fischer, James Galway, Hilary Hahn, Ben Heppner, Anton Kuerti, Lorin Maazel, and Maxim Vengerov.
Mr. Post was chosen by music director Lorin Maazel to serve as Assistant, then Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1994-97, where he led subscription, pops, family, outreach and educational concerts, and was active in programming and audience development for the orchestra’s innovative outreach program. He later served as Associate Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, and has recently returned to lead Israel’s national youth orchestra, the Young Israel Philharmonic. Mr. Post was subsequently chosen by Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas for an appointment as Resident Conductor of The New World Symphony, where he worked closely with Mr. Tilson Thomas in this program for America’s youngest generation of professional orchestral musicians.
A graduate of Yale University, summa cum laude with distinction in Music, Arthur Post earned a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, and studied at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Salzburg Mozarteum. For three years, he studied the operatic repertoire at Hamburg’s Hochschule fÃ¼r Musik, also serving on the conducting staff of the Hamburg Operettenhaus and appearing at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. He has conducted in masterclasses with Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf and Simon Rattle, and was a conducting fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, performing at the Hollywood Bowl.
Having begun his studies on the double bass, he enjoys performing a variety of musical styles, including jazz and popular music. He has conducted tours with popular artists James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, and performed in PBS Pittsburgh Pops television specials with Marvin Hamlisch.
As Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years, Mr. Post provided artistic leadership for one of the top young ensembles in the country. He has developed educational concerts that have been performed in the United States, Europe and the Far East. His program, â€œMusic on the Inside,â€ teaches improvisation and composition to young students who have no previous experience in music.