Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

The Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is a prestigious showcase of talented conductors poised for music directorships and major staff conducting positions of American orchestras. 

Our 2022 National Conductor Preview took place in New Orleans with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on March 16-17, 2022.

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.

Bertie Baigent
Colorado Symphony
Assistant Conductor

Tong Chen
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Assistant Conductor

Gonzalo Farias
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
Associate Conductor

Norman Huynh
Oregon Symphony
Associate Conductor
& Bozeman Symphony Orchestra
Music Director

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 an exciting lineup of orchestral music.

Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview 2020, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee


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.


Contact David Styers, Director, Learning and Leadership Programs, at dstyers@americanorchestras.org.

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

Banner: 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview participant Lidiya Yankovskaya. Photo: Karen Almond

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