New Killington artistic director
Staff Report | September 19,2013
The Killington Music Festival has appointed violinist Daniel Andai as artistic director.
The Killington Music Festival has appointed violinist Daniel Andai as its artistic director.
Andai has served on the violin faculty of the Killington Music Festival and performed to rave reviews in the festival’s “Music in the Mountains” concert series for several years.
“His outstanding talent, experience and musical sensitivity bring a unique strength to the position,” said Maria Fish, the festival’s longtime executive director.
“The festival is especially proud of his accomplishments since he is a festival alumnus and product of the residency program,” she said. “Proven to be one of the most popular faculty members at the festival, he has been consistently ranked by many of the students as an inspiring mentor and exceptional teacher.”
Hailed by The New York Times as an “exemplary leader” for leading members of the New York Philharmonic and the Manhattan School of Music in Carnegie Hall, Andai has performed as a soloist, recitalist, concertmaster, chamber musician, conductor and recording artist across five continents, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the United States.
Andai is an international competition winner who has soloed with orchestras in Europe, Russia, North, South and Central America. Currently concertmaster and frequent guest conductor and soloist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), he is the founder of the MISO Special Development Program, a scholarship-driven orchestra training program for aspiring young artists.
Previously concertmaster of Stowe conductor Alondra de la Parra’s Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in New York, he toured extensively as a soloist and recorded CDs for Sony that were highly rated by Billboard. He has led orchestras as guest concertmaster in the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, France and Switzerland, performed in the sections of the New York Philharmonic and Miyazaki Orchestra in Japan, and was first violinist of the touring Vols String Quartet.
Andai, who holds a doctorate in music, is violin professor at the University of Texas Pan American and former Marialice Shivers Endowed Chair in Fine Arts. Prior appointments include faculty positions at the New World School of the Arts and Miami-Dade College.
“The festival is looking forward to Daniel joining us as we celebrate 32 years of high quality music and education,” Fish said. “The festival plans to expand next summer’s chamber music program to include an orchestra program of highly skilled international master teachers and performers.”
For more information, go online to www.killingtonmusicfestival.org.