Tony Quartuccio,

Music Director

Anthony Quartuccio, music director of Nova Vista Symphony since 2010, conducts regularly at Opera San Jose, is associate conductor of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and is music director of the Gavilan College/South Valley Symphony in Silicon Valley. Quartuccio is also founding music director of the Bay Shore Lyric Opera in Capitola, where he conducted critically acclaimed productions including La Boheme, Rigoletto, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Traviata, and Die Fledermaus. Some of his appearances include the Santa Clara Chorale, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Winchester Orchestra of San Jose, The Japanese Choral Federations of Northern and Southern California, and The Rimrock Opera in Montana. His commitment to the arts in the Bay Area is evident in having received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University, representing 150 years of arts graduates. The same year he was given a lifetime achievement award in the arts from the Italian-American Heritage Foundation in 2006 in conjunction with commendations from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the California State Senate.


Quartuccio is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller, and was awarded a personal career grant from David Packard, benefactor of the Packard Foundation, for advanced studies. While at Curtis, he served as an assistant to eminent conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and Cincinnati Symphony Max Rudolf and also completed studies in piano and music theory. As a member of the Curtis conducting department, he actively participated in frequent master classes and seminars with some of the world's leading conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Andre Previn, Kurt Masur and David Zinman. Gary Graffman, the Institute's former president, describes Quartuccio as "Gifted and serious with the highest standards of excellence, both musically and personally."


Quartuccio graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University and soon after joined Gunther Schuller to study at the 1987 Festival at Sandpoint. Quartuccio, the youngest member of the conducting class, made his professional conducting debut at age twenty-two leading Copland's El Salon Mexico with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Soon after he was appointed as assistant conductor of the award winning San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, an apprentice position created for him, and later accompanied the orchestra on a highly praised tour of Asia in 1989. Subsequent training in conducting includes studies at the International Workshop for Conductors in the Czech Republic with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, advanced classes with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and classes at the Tanglewood Music Center under Gustav Meier.



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