Maestra Vivian Conejero

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Maestra Vivian Conejero is the Founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor of the D Major International Music Festival, which she inaugurated in 2011, in Kiev (Ukraine) and has taken to Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Switzerland.


Dr. Conejero enjoys an increasingly active career as guest conductor in Europe, where her concerts consistently earn her standing ovations from large audiences.


Most recently, she conducted a highly successful concert in Constanta, Romania which earned her further invitations as a guest conductor. She was also interviewed by the local press.


Over the course of her career, she has led many orchestras, such as the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Academic State Symphony Orchestra, the Karelia Philharmonic, and the Sochi Symphony Orchestra (Russia); the Donetsk State Philharmonic, the Academic Philharmonic of Kharkiv, and the Ukrainian State Academic Symphony Concert Orchestra  (Ukraine); the Zabrze Philharmonic and the Filharmonia Sudecka (Poland); the Symphony Orchestra of Moldova National Philharmonic (Republic of Moldova); the "Mihail Jora" Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, the Oltenia State Philharmonic and the State Philharmonic Orchestras of Brasov, Oradea, and Ploiesti (Romania) as well as the National Philharmonic of Romania; the Pleven State Philharmonic, the Plovdiv State Philharmonic, the Sliven Symphony Orchestra, and the Varna State Philharmonic (Bulgaria); the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic, the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, and the Kromericz Conservatory Orchestra (Czech Republic); and the Filharmonia Sudecka (Poland).


In Canada, Dr. Conejero conducted at the Scotia Festival of Music (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and for three summers at the Northern Music Festival in Ontario.


In addition to guest conducting the Spokane Symphony Orchestra (WA) at the Festival at Sandpoint, she has worked with the Knoxville Symphony (TN), the Vanderbilt University Orchestra (Nashville, TN), the University of Michigan Orchestra (Ann Arbor, MI), University of Chicago Orchestra (IL), West Virginia University Orchestra, and other orchestral ensembles in the United States. Early in her career, Dr. Conejero was the founder and Music Director of the Women's Chamber Orchestra of New York.


Maestra Conejero's repertory extends from the Baroque period to the 20th century; however, she displays a genuine affinity for the music of the Romantic era. In fact, the topic of her doctoral dissertation at New York University was Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony, Op. 58-a piece which she has conducted in concert in Bulgaria, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine.


Born in Havana, Cuba, Vivian Conejero has participated in numerous and prestigious conductor-training programs and masterclasses around the world. The list of her most distinguished teachers in America includes: Gunther Schuller, Gustav Meier, Daniel Lewis, Kenneth Kiesler, Harold Farberman, Michael Charry, Victoria Bond, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Larry Newland, and Paul Vermel. In Europe, she has been privileged to learn from such gifted conductors as Zoltan Bilek, Leonid Korchmar, Ilya Musin, Vassily Sinaisky, Georg Tintner, Kirk Trevor, Frantisek Vajnar, and Otakar Trhlik.


During her school years, Conejero was a frequent recipient of scholarships and awards. She holds three academic degrees in music:  a Doctor of  Arts in Music Performance (Conducting) from New York University and two degrees from the City University of New York, an M.A. in Musicology from Queens College and a B.A. with a major in Music Theory from Hunter College. She has taken conducting courses through the Extension Divisions of the Juilliard School of Music and the Mannes College of Music, where her instructors were Vincent La Selva and Amy Kaiser, respectively.


Since 1997, Dr. Conejero attends the New York Philharmonic's rehearsals and score-analysis seminars for conductors.


Maestra Conejero has also been noted by the media. She has been featured in the American, Canadian, and European presses as well as on radio and television. In 2007, clips from one of her concerts were aired on prime-time T.V. news in Kharkiv, Ukraine.   Her 2002 concert with the Symphony Orchestra of Moldova's National Philharmonic was broadcast on national radio.


In 2006, she was interviewed for the research project, Women on the Podium: The Experiences of Professional Women Orchestral Conductors, by the distinguished Australian scholar Dr. Brydie-Leigh Bartleet.