Director of Orchestral Studies
Co-Director, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Heralded by the Los Angeles Times as ". . .a shining example of podium authority and musical enlightenment," conductor and pianist NEAL STULBERG garners consistent international acclaim for performances of clarity, insight and conviction.
In North America, Mr. Stulberg has led the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, National, New Jersey, New World, Pacific, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Utah and Vancouver symphonies, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, among others. He is a recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, America's most coveted conducting prize, and has served as assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Carlo Maria Giulini and music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Stulberg's European career was launched in September 1997 when he stepped in on short notice to conduct the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a program of Bartok and Kodaly. He was immediately re-engaged by that orchestra to conduct on the prestigious VARA series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and has subsequently appeared in Holland with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, North Holland Philharmonic, Gelders Orchestra, Netherlands Ballet Orchestra and Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam. Engagements in Germany include the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln and the orchestras of Augsburg, Bochum, Dortmund, Herford, Freiburg, Muenster, Nürnberg, Oldenburg and Rostock. In September 2000 he made his Scandinavian debut with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and subsequently led performances with the Athens State Orchestra, London Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Barcelona Liceu Orchestra and Norwegian National Opera Orchestra.
A frequent guest conductor in Asia, Israel and Russia, Mr. Stulberg has appeared with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Korea Philharmonic (KBS), Taipei Symphony, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Chamber Orchestra, among others. In July 1999 he made his Australian debut, conducting the Queensland, Adelaide and West Australian symphonies and in November 2002 led debut performances with the Mexico City Philharmonic.
Neal Stulberg is also an acclaimed pianist, appearing regularly as recitalist, chamber musician and with major orchestras and at international festivals as pianist/conductor. His performances of Mozart concertos conducted from the keyboard are uniformly praised for their buoyant virtuosity and interpretive vigor. In 2011-12, he performed the complete Mozart sonatas for violin and piano with his UCLA violinist colleague, Guillaume Sutre, at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall and at the Grandes Heures de Saint Emilion festival in France.
Mr. Stulberg has given premieres of works by Steve Reich, Dmitri Smirnov, Joan Tower, Peter Schat and Peter van Onna, led the period-instrument orchestra Philharmonia Baroque in a festival of Mozart orchestral and operatic works, and has brought to life several silent movies from the early 1900s, including the Russian classic New Babylon, Shostakovich's first film score. In 2001, he conducted Philip Glass' opera Akhnaten at the Rotterdam Festival and Thomas Adès' Powder Her Face with Long Beach Opera in Los Angeles. He has recorded for West German Radio, Donemus, Yarlung Records, Sono Luminus and the Composers Voice label.
A native of Detroit, Mr. Stulberg is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School. He studied conducting with Franco Ferrara at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, piano with Leonard Shure, Theodore Lettvin, William Masselos and Mischa Kottler, and viola with Ara Zerounian. He currently serves as Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Director of Chamber Music at the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute of the Crossroads School in Santa Monica.
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"...fiercely committed...deep interpretive understanding...consummate control and expressive freedom..." (Milwaukee Sentinel)
"... full of fire and urgent conviction..." (Amsterdam Het Parool)
"...masterful Mozart...supplely shaped, beautifully colored, spacious, dramatic..."
"...complete command...boldly shaped, excitingly paced...it would be hard to imagine a better performance" (Buffalo News)
"...sizzling expertise... Stulberg combines precision with a great deal of zest" (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"...towering, dramatic, invigorating...a performance to cherish...one of the best performances this season..." (Jerusalem Post)
"...a fervent conductor with ideas and superb craft..." (Miami Herald)
"...firm and sympathetic leadership...a poised, insightful, communicative musician" (Los Angeles Daily News)
"...sweeping and impassioned..." (Salt Lake Tribune)
"...breathtaking orchestral playing...Stulberg's electrifying conducting style lent intensity to every work... (Utrechts Nieuwsblad)