H. Robert Reynolds, Conductor
Reynolds is the Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, a position he has held since the inception of the ensemble almost 30 years ago. In addition, he is currently Principal Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music at the
University of Southern California where he holds the H. Robert Reynolds Professorship in Wind Conducting. This appointment followed his retirement, after 26 years, from the School of Music of the University of Michigan where he served as the Henry F. Thurnau Professor of Music, Director of University Bands and Director of the Division of Instrumental Studies.
Reynolds has conducted recordings for Koch International, Pro Arte, Caprice, and Deutsche Grammophon. He has also conducted in many of the major concert halls of Europe and the United States including: the premiere of an opera for La Scala Opera (Milan, Italy), the Maggio Musicale (Florence, Italy), the Tonhalle (Zurich, Switzerland), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Holland), Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (New York), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Kennedy Center (Washington, D. C.), Powell Symphony Hall (St. Louis), and the Academy of Music (Philadelphia). He has won the praise of many important composers including: William Bolcom, Aaron Copland, John Corigliano, Henryk Gorecki, Gyorgy Ligeti, Darius Milhaud, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He holds an Honorary Doctorate degree from Duquesne University in addition to degrees from the University of Michigan where he was the conducting student of Elizabeth Green.