Arthur PostInternationally recognized as an insightful and versatile musician, American conductor ARTHUR POST is in his seventh acclaimed season as Music Director of Canada's Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. In celebration of his thirteenth-year tenure at the artistic helm of the San Juan Symphony, he was appointed Music Director Laureate of that orchestra in April, 2015. In both regions he has built a reputation as an engaging communicator and audience-builder whose innovative and compelling programming integrates the great classics with music reflecting local cultures and concerns. In the United States he has led a number of distinguished ensembles, including the Columbus, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Houston, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina, San Antonio, and Virginia Symphony Orchestras. His passion for expanding and enriching the traditional concert experience has established him as a potent advocate for the future of symphonic music. This season he makes his debut with Barcelona's Orquestra Sinfónica del Valles.
As a guest conductor in Europe, Mr. Post made his debut with the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin and has recorded with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for the BMG label. Other international appearances include the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra (OBC), Helsinki Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, London Mozart Players, Saarland Radio Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, and the National Orchestras of Lille and Toulouse in France. Mr. Post 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, Lynn Harrell, Ben Heppner, Anton Kuerti, Lorin Maazel, and Maxim Vengerov.
Arthur Post was chosen by music director Lorin Maazel to serve as Assistant, then Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 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 für 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, Mr. Post 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, "Music on the Inside", teaches improvisation and composition to young students who have no previous experience in music.