Michael Rossi - Artistic Director
Michael Rossi is quickly becoming recognized in the next generation of conductors. During the 2012-2013 season he made debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the opening season concerts with the Charleston Symphony and also returned to the Washington National Opera to lead their production of Hansel & Gretel.
He made his Washington National Opera debut conducting Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro during the 2010-2011 season. This was followed by his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the premiere of Marcos Galvany’s opera Oh My Son with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
Michael made his international debut conducting Plácido Domingo and the Chinese National Opera Orchestra in Beijing in a live television broadcast. He then made his Strathmore Hall debut in a concert with the WNO Orchestra. He also led the WNO Orchestra for the first National Endowment of the Arts Opera Honors, which was broadcast live on NPR.
Michael graduated from the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, having been selected for the program by world- renowned tenor Plácido Domingo. Michael was awarded a fellowship to the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen in 2009 and 2010 where he studied with David Zinman, Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff and Larry Rachleff. He was selected by Kurt Masur to participate in the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music in both 2010 and 2012. Mr. Rossi is following the path of many conductors who began their careers first as instrumentalists. At the age of 22, he took the seat of 2nd Trumpet in the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the youngest instrumentalist to ever win a position in the orchestra.