Music Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta (NY) and Principal Pops Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Ron Spigelman is an honors graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London.
In 1996, he was awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARAM) for distinguishing himself in his field. early in his career he held posts as the Associate Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), and the Associate Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Other titles have included Music Director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MO) for 8 seasons, Music Director of the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, Music Director of the San Angelo Symphony, Music Director of the Texas Chamber Orchestra, Principal Pops Conductor of the Syracuse Symphony and Music Director of the Metropolitan Classical Ballet in Texas.
This year, Ron will appear as a guest conductor with the Tulsa Symphony, the Columbus Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Since emigrating to the United States in 1994, Ron has made numerous guest appearances with orchestras across the country, including the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Dallas Opera Orchestra.
Amongst numerous career highlights, he lists his debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the critically acclaimed performance and world premier of Lowell Lieberman’s Pegasus. As well as his equally acclaimed Carnegie Hall conducting debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic in 2004.
Previous to his appointment with the Fort Worth Symphony, Ron was the Assistant to the Chief Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – a position created especially for him, after he was the first person to be awarded the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Conductor-In-Training position for two consecutive years; first with the West Australian Symphony, and then with the Queensland Symphony. During this time, he also conducted the Sydney Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as the West Australian Opera and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
Since his first appointment in 1992, Ron has conducted over 1000 performances, and has a repertoire of over 400 works. A champion of new music, he has conducted over 30 world premieres. He has also made several recordings for broadcast, including his performance of the Lukas Foss Opera The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was broadcast nationally and internationally on the NPR show Symphonycast. He has also recorded a number of CDs, including Dream Angels, a collection of orchestral lullabies recorded with the Adelaide Symphony, which was nominated for the Australian Record Industry Award (ARIA) for Best Children’s Release in 1995. Ron was also the Executive Producer on the Marvin Hamlisch BPO Christmas Pops Recording, and served as the co-editor for all of the BPO NPR broadcasts between 2001 – 2005.