A new era of music-making will begin this summer at UC Davis when Christian Baldini takes over the university's symphony orchestra.
Baldini, conductor and music director of the Symphony Orchestra of the State University of New York at Buffalo, will replace outgoing conductor Kern D. Holoman in June. Holoman has been conductor of the university orchestra for the past 30 years. The orchestra was founded in 1959 and boasts 96 members.
The Argentinean-born conductor will make his concert debut at UC Davis on June 2 at the Mondavi Center in a program that will include Rossini's "Barber of Seville" overture, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, and Beethoven's Sixth Symphony ("Pastoral").
Baldini, who is also a composer, will join the UC Davis Department of Music as an assistant professor.
He comes to Davis with an impressive resume. He has won several awards including the 2005 Seoul International Competition for Composers in South Korea and the 2006 Sao Paulo Orchestra International Conducting Competition in Brazil.
Baldini regularly conducts orchestras in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, and has served as the assistant conductor of the Britten-Pears Orchestra in Aldeburgh, England.