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The League of American Orchestras

2020 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 at public gatherings, concerts, and events in and around New Orleans, the League and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra have decided to postpone the 2020 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview until the 2020-21 season. This is a difficult decision. In making it, our primary concern was the health and safety of all involved in the Preview. We apologize for any inconvenience this may bring to you.

In the coming weeks, our organizations will identify a new date for the Preview next season, and share the news with you.


Experience six rising stars on the podium!

Six conductors have been chosen by an adjudication panel of leading artistic executives from a pool of more than 150 applications from around the world. Selected for their podium talent and commitment to American orchestras, the conductors will lead the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra over two days of rehearsals, culminating in public concert at the historic Orpheum Theater in New Orleans.




Tong Chen



Bertie Baigent
Colorado Symphony
Assistant Conductor


Tong Chen
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Assistant Conductor


Gonzalo Farias
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
Associate Conductor



Yuwon Kim



Norman Huynh
Oregon Symphony
Associate Conductor


Yuwon Kim
Curtis Institute of Music
Conducting Fellow


François López-Ferrer
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Assistant Conductor


The Event

The League's Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is one of the field's most prestigious events for conductors to showcase their talent nationally. Attending search committees and artist managers will have intimate, front-row access to watch and evaluate participants in rehearsal. Ample time is also available to meet and have productive conversations with the participants. A free public concert brings the Preview to a close, with each conductor leading the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in a short program featuring masterworks, 20th century masterpieces, and music of our time.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra 

Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

News Flash! Preview Repertoire Now Announced.

Haydn - Symphony No. 103 in E♭ major ("The Drumroll")
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
Brahms - Symphony No. 4 in E minor
Ravel - Pavane pour une infante defunte
Stravinsky - The Firebird Concert Suite for Orchestra No. 2 (1919)
Jessie Montgomery - Starburst

Hotel Recommendations

There are many options along Canal and Common Streets including:

Holiday Inn New Orleans-Downtown Superdome (closest hotel to the Orpheum Theater)
330 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112

Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans
124 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Roosevelt Hotel
130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112

Jung Hotel
1500 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112

Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130


Since 1995, the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview has showcased 90 conductors, with more than 50 orchestras making conductor/music director appointments as a direct result.

Past Preview participants include Mei-Ann Chen, music director, Chicago Sinfonietta; Delta David Gier, music director, South Dakota Symphony; Giancarlo Guerrero, music director, Nashville Symphony; Laura Jackson, music director, Reno Philharmonic; Carolyn Kuan, music director, Hartford Symphony Orchestra; and Carlos Miguel Prieto, music director, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas.


Questions? Contact James Barry, Senior Manager of Artistic and Learning Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The 2020 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is made possible by generous grants from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.




Photo Credits: Bertie Baigent (Benjamin Durrant); Tong Chen (Bob Plotkin); Gonzalo Farias (Roland Lim);
Norman Huynh (Stark Photography); Yuwon Kim (Jonghoon Lee); François López-Ferrer (Josefina Pérez Miranda)