John Axelrod
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Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (ROSS)
Houston, Texas, USA
Harvard University, Berklee School of Music, St. Petersburg Conservatory, student of L. Bernstein & Chr. Eschenbach
Wiener Musikverein, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestre de Paris, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadephia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic, St. Cecilia, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, etc.
Summer 2009 unique European/North America tour with Lang Lang & Herbie Hancock.
Premieres of works by  Wolfgang Rihm (Sotte Voce II), Kaija Saariaho (Nymphae Reflections), Fazil Say (1001 Nights in a Harem) among others.
Nimbus, Näive, Sony Classical, Genuin, Kairos, Ondine, Marquis Classics
Short Biography
With an extraordinary diverse repertoire, innovative programs and charismatic performance style, John Axelrod continues to increase his profile as one of today's leading conductors.

After successful tenures as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Theater, and as Music Director of the l'Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, John Axelrod was appointed Principal Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe” Verdi (LaVerdi), extended through the 2017 season, and in 2014 he became the new Artistic and Musical Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (ROSS). His contract has been unanimously extended through the 2018-2019 season.

Since 2001, Mr. Axelrod has conducted over 150 orchestras around the world, 30 operas and 50 world premieres.  Some of his relationships Berlin's Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, NDR Symphony Hamburg, Teatro La Fenice Orchestra in Venice, Camerata Salzburg and Grazer Philharmoniker.
Besides his diverse programs of core and contemporary repertoire with the ROSS in Sevilla and La Verdi in Milano, this season Mr. Axelrod is engaged as the Principal Conductor of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, conducts the NHKSO on tour in Japan, debuts with the Hamburger Symphoniker, and returns with Sinfonia Varsovia to the Warsaw Beethoven Festival.

John Axelrod’s opera activity includes Bernstein's Candide at Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro alla Scala and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Dove’s Flight for Leipzig Oper, Tristan and Isolde for Angers/Nantes Opera, Eugene Onegin at Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Erwartung, La Dame de Monte Carlo and La Mort de Cléopâtre all for the Spoleto Festival, Kurt Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny at the Rome Opera.

Mr. Axelrod has recorded core and contemporary repertoire for Sony Classical, Warner Classics, Ondine, Universal, Naïve and Nimbus. Mr. Axelrod's most recent release is a cycle of Brahms Symphonies combined with Clara Schumann lieder entitled Brahms Beloved on Telarc.

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