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“[With] this engaging and charismatic conductor….. you feel the music is speaking directly from each composer’s language,….each section sounding like a single precision instrument pitted against other groups. From the [Firebird’s] dark and menacing beginning to the exhilaration of the “Final Hymn,” this reviewer was entranced. Conductor Gaylin kept the tension of the line while maintaining suspense. This marvelous orchestra is a must see, or rather must hear.”

– Steven Romano Mento, The Press of Atlantic City

“Jed Gaylin’s conducting was consistently impressive, with a propulsive sweep that allowed the lyricism to linger.”

– Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun

“In Webern’s deliciously off-beat transcription of Bach’s Ricecare and even more so in Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Gaylin inspired a determined expressiveness. Outbursts in the Schubert work packed considerable weight, effectively underlining the dark beauty of the music.”

– Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

“The comic and tragic elements of the work were deftly balanced…The orchestra under the baton of Jed Gaylin offered finely focused sounds that belied its small size.”

– Karyl Charna Lynn, Opera Now!

“An extraordinary concert. . . . The Lodz Philharmonic gave an unforgettable performance under the direction of Jed Gaylin. . . . The Symphony No. 36 by Mozart proved a highpoint, where the calibration of the various orchestral parts was totally clear, and where the lines were beautifully handed from one instrument to another. From oboes to bassoons as well as. . . . strings, each voice arose with care and distinction from out of the orchestral fabric. Above all, one felt the unconditional devotion with which the Orchestra followed Jed Gaylin. . . . It was for all present an unforgettable evening. . . .”

Basler Zeitung, (Switzerland)

“Opera is all about the music, and the orchestra here is led by Jed Gaylin, Music Director of Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, who kept the glorious strings and winds on a tight rein, filling the soaring cathedral ceiling of the Mount Vernon church without overpowering the voices on stage. The singers were all extraordinary, adding personality and flare to their characters.”

– Wendy Ward, City Paper

“American Conductor Jed Gaylin opened the concert with a performance Hungarian Dances numbers 5,6,7 that captivated the audience from the first note with a natural intense rhythm, beautiful dynamics, with deep pathos and an unstoppable “joie de vivre….” With [Brahms’] Symphony #3 in F, op.90….Conductor Jed Gaylin gave an attentive, passionate, and expressive performance. The whole interpretation was well-conceived and with excellent results achieved–a fitting and inspired conclusion to this high-level and spectacular musical event….”

– Vasile Scutea, Sibiu Tribuna (Romania)

“VINELAND – Ordinarily, one might have to leave New Jersey to hear a concert like Saturday’s performance by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. Here was world-class conducting and (except for occasional slight inaccuracies of pitch with the violinists) a world-class orchestra…..[Jed Gaylin’s] directions from the podium were always clear and fluid …. The orchestra was a glorious accompanist….Both soloist and orchestra sounded well-rehearsed, organized, and able to hush on a dime, turn out ever-broadening passages and lend touching lyricism everywhere….Such a sensational first half appeared difficult to follow, but Gaylin had much more magic to come. The presentation of [Mother Goose was] engaging and articulate… and this evening’s performance demonstrated just how exalted, perhaps even “holy” this finale can be….”Janitzio” of Sylvester Revueltas was a raucous and entertaining romp with a spacious contrasting middle section vividly characterized by the players, and the evening ended with the “Danse Bacchanale” from “Samson and Delilah” of Camille Saint-Saens. This colorful work was brought to life with great exuberance and unity, and it seemed as if I were hearing these familiar strains for the first time. It was an exceptional end to a superbly organized and executed program. Bravissimo”.

– Steven Romano Mento, The Press of Atlantic City

“[In Gaetano Panariello’s Omaggio all’opera buffa] pizzicato from the strings and snappy, colorful contributions from the percussion gave the finale momentum, with the impression of brightly colored sets changing quickly behind the soloists. Rossini’s overture to The Barber of Seville had the appropriate sense of bluster to open the program, with energy behind flurrying melodies and lovely solos from clarinet, oboe and horn dovetailed nicely. To close the program, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony was handled warmly and sensitively….The driving woodwind rhythms in the opening Allegro were perfectly pointed, and concertmaster Ruotao Mao led the strings with a crystalline tone. The middle movements had the marvelous quality of Bach’s music, where, even when the tempos are slow, there’s a churning sense of motion. The musicians played the Presto finale with exuberance and vitality, the snaking lines firmly in their grasp.”

– Dave Allen, Courier-Post

Bay-Atlantic Symphony: “. . . a joyous, spirited rendition of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Jed Gaylin’s strong conducting style and attention to detail brought everything together on stage. His tempi were precise and sensible, and the dynamic ranges ebbed and flowed. I consider Mr. Gaylin to be one of southern New Jersey’s greatest musical treasures.. . . and I thoroughly enjoy watching him conduct. . . . This performance was filled with gorgeous playing in the third movement. Expression and feeling were infused in the long lines and in the interplay between bassoon, flute, oboe. . . .The strings allowed the floating melodies to hover at the surface. . . . Jed Gaylin assembles wonderfully talented artists, and the lineup for this performance was no exception. . . . a wonderfully matched and first rate quartet. Chorus members gave a shaped, emotionally committed performance. Disciplined dynamics and accurate attention to the conductor gave the singers a round, rich sound.”

– JeanMarie Tissot, Classical New Jersey

Repertoire (selected works)

ADLER, Samuel
Art Creates Artists
Concertino for String Orchestra
The Fixed Desire of the Human Heart
Stars in the Dust Cantata

ARENSKY
Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5
Cantata 82 “Ich habe genug”
Concerto for Keyboard in D minor
Concerto for Oboe and Violin
Double Concerto (violin)
Orchestral Suite Nos. 1, 2, 3
Ricercare from “Musical Offering” (Webern)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor (Stokowski)

BAILEN, Eliot
Double Concerto for Flute and Cello

BARBER
Adagio for Strings
Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Piano Concerto
Souvenirs
Violin Concerto

BARTOK
Dance Suite
Piano Concerto No. 3
Romanian Folk Dances

BEETHOVEN
Coriolanus Overture
Egmont Overture
King Stephen Overture
Leonore III Overture
Piano Concerto Nos. 1 – 5
Romance No. 2
Symphony Nos. 1-9
Triple Concerto
Violin Concerto

BELLINI
Norma Overture

BEN HAIM, Paul
Pastorale Variée

BERLIOZ
Symphonie Fantastique

BERNSTEIN
Candide Overture
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

BIZET
L’Arlésienne Suites Nos. 1 & 2
Carmen Suite Nos. 1 & 2
Jeux d’Enfants
Symphony in C

BLOCH
Concertino

BORODIN
In the Steppes of Central Asia
Nocturne
Prince Igor Overture, March, and Polovtsian Dances

BRAHMS
Haydn Variations
Hungarian Dances Nos. 1,3,5,10
Double Concerto
Liebeslieder Walzer
Piano Concerto Nos. 1, 2
Requiem
Serenade No. 1
Symphony Nos. 1-4
Tragic Overture
Violin Concerto

BRITTEN
Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes & Passacaglia
Soirées Musicales

BRUCH
Violin Concerto No. 1

CANTALOUBE
Songs of the Auvergne books 1 & 2

CHABRIER
España

CHERUBINI
Requiem in c-minor

CHOPIN
Concerto Nos. 1, 2

COPLAND
Appalachian Spring
Billy the Kid Suite
John Henry
Lincoln Portrait
Nonet
Outdoor Overture
Quiet City
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
Symphony No. 3
Two Pieces for String Orchestra

COWELL, Henry
Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 10

DEBUSSY
Afternoon of a Faun
Danse (orchestrated by Ravel)
La Mer
Nocturnes
Sarabande (orchestrated by Ravel)

DONEZETTI
Lucia di Lammermoor (complete)

DOVE, Jonathan
Tobias and the Angel

DVORAK
Cello Concerto
Czech Suite
Serenade for Strings
Serenade for Winds
Symphony Nos. 7, 8, 9

ELGAR
Enigma Variations
Salut d’Amour
Serenade for Strings
Violin Concerto

ENESCU
Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
Romanian Rhapsody No. 2

FALLA
Nights in the Gardens of Spain
El Amor Brujo (complete, 1915)
Three-Cornered Hat Suite Nos. 1 & 2

FAURE
Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra
Masques et Bergamasques
Pelleas and Melisande

FRANCK, Cesar
Symphony in D minor

GANG, Chen
Butterfly Lovers Concerto

GERSHWIN
American in Paris
Lullaby for Strings
Rhapsody in Blue

GLAZUNOV
Theme & Variations for Strings

GLINKA
Kamarinskaya

GOLDMARK
Violin Concerto

GOLIJOV, Osvaldo
Last Round

GOUNOD
Faust excerpts
St. Cecilia Mass

GRIEG
Concerto
Holberg Suite
Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2
Two Elegaic Melodies

GRIFFES
Poem for Flute and Orchestra

GROFE, Ferde
Grand Canyon Suite

HANDEL
Messiah Excerpts
Organ Concerto HWV 306 (Bb)
Organ Concerto HWV 295 (F, Cuckoo & the Nightingale)
Theodora Overture
Viola Concerto
Water Music Suites 1 & 2

HAYDN
Creation Overture
Cello Concerto Nos. 1 & 2
Lord Nelson Mass
Sinfonia Concertante
Symphony Nos. 44, 49. 101, 103, 104
Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major

HINDEMITH
Mathis der Maler

HOLST
St. Paul Suite

HUMPERDINCK
Hansel and Gretel Overture

IVES
Fugue in Four Keys
Symphony No. 3
Tone Roads No. 1
Unanswered Question

JANACEK
Mlady Suite

JONGEN, Joseph
Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra

LALO
Symphonie Espagnole

LAURIDSEN, Morten
Lux Aeterna

LEE PUI MING
Awakening
She Comes to Shore (naxos 2011)

LEONCAVALLO
Pagliacci: Vesti la Giubba, Bird’s song

LIADOV
The Enchanted Lake

LISZT
Les Préludes
Piano Concerto No. 1
Piano Concerto No. 2

LUTOSLAWSKI
Mala Suita (Little Suite)

MAHLER
Kindertotenlieder
Songs of a Wayfarer
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5

MENDELSSOHN
Double Concerto for Violin and Piano
Fair Melusina Overture
Hebrides Overture
Midsummer Night’s Dream Music
Piano Concerto No. 1
Sinfonia No. 11
Symphony Nos. 2-4
Violin Concerto

MENTO, Steven
Algonquian Dreamcatcher
Elegy for Piano and Orchestra

MILHAUD
La Création du Monde

MOZART
Adagio and Fugue
Clarinet Concerto
Così Fan Tutte Overture
Don Giovanni (complete)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Flute Concerto No. 1
Idomeneo Overture
Marriage of Figaro Overture
Magic Flute (complete)
Piano Concerto Nos. 5, 12, 20, 23, 27
Il Re Pastore Overture
Requiem
Seraglio Overture
Serenade for 13 Winds K. 370a
Serenade for Winds K. 388
Serenata Notturna, K. 239
Sinfonia Concertante
Symphony Nos. 29, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41
Violin Concerto Nos. 4, 5

MUSSORGSKY
Night on Bald Mountain (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel)

NICOLAI
Merry Wives of Windsor Overture

NIELSEN
Helios Overture
Flute Concerto
Violin Concerto

PAGANINI
Violin Concerto No. 1

PANUFNIK
Harmony

POULENC
Gloria

PROKOFIEF
Peter and the Wolf
Piano Concerto No. 3
Romeo and Juliet Suites 1 & 2
Summer Day Suite
Symphony Nos.1, 7
Violin Concerto Nos. 1, 2

PUCCINI
La Bohème, Act I Finale
Messa di Gloria
La Rondine: Ch’il bel sogno
Tosca: e lucevan le stelle

RACHMANINOFF
Concerto No. 2
Concerto No. 3
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Symphonic Dances
Symphony No. 2

RAVEL
Bolero
La Valse
Mother Goose Suite
Pavane for a Dead Princess
Piano Concerto No. 2
Tzigane

RESPIGHI
The Birds
Botticelli Triptych
Suite for Strings, P.41

REVUELTAS
Colorines
Danza Geométrica
Janitzio
La Noche de los Mayas (chamber orchestra version)
Redes

RHEINBERGER
Mass in C
Organ Concerto No. 2

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Russian Easter Overture
Scheherazade
Symphony No. 2 “Antar”

ROSSINI
Barber of Seville Overture
La Cenerentola Overture
l’Italiana in Algeri Overture
Sonata No. 2 for Strings

SAINT-SAENS
Carnival of the Animals
“Bacchanale” from Samson and Dalila
Havanaise
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony)
Violin Concerto No. 3

SANCHEZ-GUTIERREZ, Carlos
Diaries
Dos Movimientos
Ex Machina
Five Memos
Five Pieces
Girandula
Girando-Danzando

SCHNITTKE
Piano Concerto

SCHOENBERG
Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16
Suite for Strings

SCHREKER, Franz
Intermezzo

SCHUBERT
German Dances
Octet
Rosamunde Overture
Symphony Nos. 3, 4, 5, 8, 9

SCHUMANN
Allegro Passionato
Piano Concerto
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4
Traumerei

SCRIABIN
Piano Concerto

SHOSTAKOVICH
Cello Concerto No. 1
Piano Concerto No. 1
Symphony No. 1

SIBELIUS
En Saga
Finlandia
Karelia Suite
Symphony Nos. 1, 2, 5
Violin Concerto

SMETANA
The Moldau (Vlatava)

SOMERS, Paul
Violin Concerto

STEINBERG, Russell
Cosmic Dust
Lights On!: A Hanukah Medley
Subterranean Dances
Symphony No. 1, City Strains

STRAUSS, J.
Artist’s Life
Blue Danube Waltz
Donner und Blitz Polka
Emperor Waltzes
Fledermaus Overture
Fledermaus: selections
Pizzicato Polka
Tales from the Vienna Woods
Voices of Spring Waltz
Wiener Blut

STRAUSS, J. Sr.
Radetzky March

STRAUSS, R.
Death and Transfiguration
Don Juan
Duet-Concertino
Four Last Songs
Morgen!
Muttertändelei
Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Till Eulenspiegl
Wiegenlied

STRAVINSKY
Firebird Suite (1919)
Fireworks
Four Norwegian Moods
L’histoire du soldat
Petrouchka (1947)
Rite of Spring

TCHAIKOVSKY
Andante Cantabile
Capriccio Italien
“Nutcracker Ballet,” excerpts
Piano Concerto No. 1
Rococo Variations
Romeo and Juliet
Serenade for Strings
Souvenirs d’un lieu cher
Symphony Nos. 2, 4, 5, 6
Violin Concerto
1812 Overture

TOWER, Joan
Made in America

VAINBERG, Moisei
Flute Concerto, Op. 75

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Serenade to Music

VERDI
Aïda, Act II
Forza del Destino Overture
Nabucco (Complete)
Requiem
Rigoletto (Complete)
La Traviata, Act I
La Traviata Act III Prelude

VILLA-LOBOS
Bachiannas Brasileiras
Guitar Concerto

VIVALDI
Double Cello Concerto
Four Seasons
Gloria
Guitar Concerto
Piccolo Concerto

WATKINS, Roderick
Light’s Horizon

WAGNER
Meistersinger Suite
Parsifal Prelude
Parsifal Good Friday Spell Music
Siegfried-Idyll
Tristan & Isolde Prelude & Liebestod

WALKER, George
Lyric for Strings

WALTON
Façade
Viola Concerto

WEBER
Andante e Rondo Ungarese
Clarinet Concerto No. 1
Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra
Freischütz Overture
Oberon Overture

WEBERN
Langsamer Satz
Ricercare from “Musical Offering” (Bach)

WEINBERGER, Jaromir
Schwanda the Bagpiper Polka and Fugue

Short bio

Jed Gaylin serves as Music Director of the Bay Atlantic Symphony (NJ), Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, and Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra (WV). His post with Bay Atlantic Symphony is jointly held with a position as Artist in Residence at Stockton University. In addition, he is Principal Conductor of the Cape May Music Festival. Previous posts have included Principal Guest Conductor of the National Film and Radio Philharmonic (Beijing), Director of Orchestras of the Cervera International Music Festival and Summer Course (Spain), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Sibiu State Philharmonic (Romania). In 2018, Mr. Gaylin was tapped by Eastman School of Music composer Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez to conduct his Alla Balena Ensemble. ABE has performed at Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall, The Mexican Cultural Institute (Washington, CD), and Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara.

As a guest conductor, he has also worked with such prestigious orchestras as the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Bucharest Radio Orchestra, Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra, Academia del Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Eastman School of Music Broadband Ensemble, Lodz Philharmonic (Poland), Pomorska Philharmonic (Poland), Gnessin Institute Orchestra (Russia), Moscow Chamber Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Guanajuato (Mexico), Orvieto Festival Orchestra (Italy), Naples Philharmonic (Florida), Symphony New Hampshire, Opera Vivente (Baltimore), Wheeling Symphony, and the Xinjiang Philharmonic.

Mr. Gaylin has numerous television and radio broadcasts to his credit including National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition,” Voice of America (Europe and the former Soviet Union), WYPR (Baltimore), WBJC (Baltimore), WWFM (NJ), Bucharest Radio Orchestra, and the National Radio and Film Philharmonic in Beijing.

He has collaborated with such celebrated soloists as Hilary Hahn, Yuja Wang, Eugenia Zukerman, Shai Wosner, and Stefan Jackiw. His discography includes Lee Pui Ming, She comes to shore, with Bay-Atlantic Symphony (Naxos/Innova) and Xinjiang Philharmonic (Tian Xian label).

Find out more about Mr. Gaylin at jedgaylin.com.

Medium Bio

“Generous” is the word listeners and performers use time and again to describe conductor Jed Gaylin’s approach to the orchestra, the score, and the audience. His joyful abandon and probing intellect join together in powerful programs, compelling interpretations, and evenings that are fresh and exuberant. George Szell said, “In music one must think with the heart and feel with the mind,” a maxim Jed Gaylin embodies abundantly and passionately.

Orchestra members throughout the world, soloists, and opera singers often recount how Jed Gaylin’s rehearsals and performances elicit their very best, not only individually but collectively. He seeks connections not only within a piece, but also between seemingly disparate and wide-ranging works to  sculpt a concert of surprising, captivating juxtapositions. His dedication to exploring the music’s fullest potential in a collaborative spirit reaches beyond the stage to draw the audience into the creative act. Listeners feel far more than just welcomed by words from the podium—they feel engaged as participants in a wordless musical conversation that is spontaneous, big-hearted, and eloquent.

As Music Director, Jed Gaylin leads the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, and Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra with the same creative depth and an open spirit that he brings to the podium. The Bay Atlantic Symphony is now not only consistently praised for its astonishing level of artistry and precision, it is also viewed throughout New Jersey as a model for how professional orchestras can become a vital focus and source of identity in their communities. As a sought-after creative partner throughout the region, the Bay Atlantic Symphony has forged residencies with area colleges, numerous towns, music festivals such as Cape May, and even casinos. Atlantic City’s Borgata has hosted the Symphony for an all-classical summer series, begun in 2013. In 2012, Jed Gaylin was named Artist in Residence at Stockton University. This position is a part of an innovative model in which Bay-Atlantic Symphony is integrated into the music curriculum. Also in 2012, he was named Music Director of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

In 2018, Mr. Gaylin was tapped by Eastman School of Music composer Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez to conduct his Alla Balena Ensemble, a group of virtuosi from throughout the US. ABE has performed at Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall, The Mexican Cultural Institute (Washington, CD), and Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara. Mr. Gaylin has commissioned and performed numerous works by Sanchez-Gutierrez for more than 30 years.

Mr. Gaylin served as the Director of Orchestras at the International Music Festival and Summer Course of Cervera (Spain) and was a regular conductor at Opera Vivente in Baltimore. His numerous guest appearances include St. Petersburg State Symphony, National Film and Radio Philharmonic (Beijing, China), Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra, Bucharest Radio Orchestra, Academia del Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona, Spain), Eastman School Music Broadband Ensemble, among many others. He has performed with such soloists as Hilary Hahn, Yuja Wang, Eugenia Zukerman, Shai Wosner, and Stefan Jackiw.

Jed Gaylin’s television and radio broadcasts include National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, Voice of America, Bucharest Radio Orchestra, and the National Radio and Film Philharmonic (Beijing). He has been aired in the US on WWFM in New Jersey and WYPR in Baltimore.

Mr. Gaylin earned both a Bachelor of Music in piano and a Master of Music in conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at the Peabody Conservatory. He attended the Aspen Music Festival as a Conducting Fellow. Among other honors, he has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and the Presser Music Award. His conducting teachers have included Frederik Prausnitz, Leonard Slatkin, Jahja Ling, Murry Sidlin, Paul Vermel, and Michel Singher, and, for piano, Lydia Frumkin.

Find out more about Jed Gaylin at jedgaylin.com.

Printable Bio

“Generous” is the word listeners and performers use time and again to describe conductor Jed Gaylin’s approach to the orchestra, the score, and the audience. His joyful abandon and probing intellect join together in powerful programs, compelling interpretations, and evenings that are fresh and exuberant. George Szell said, “In music one must think with the heart and feel with the mind,” a maxim Jed Gaylin embodies abundantly and passionately.

Orchestra members throughout the world, soloists, and opera singers often recount how Jed Gaylin’s rehearsals and performances elicit their very best, not only individually but collectively. He seeks connections not only within a piece, but also between seemingly disparate and wide-ranging works to sculpt a concert of surprising, captivating juxtapositions. His dedication to exploring the music’s fullest potential in a collaborative spirit reaches beyond the stage to draw the audience into the creative act. Listeners feel far more than just welcomed by words from the podium—they feel engaged as participants in a wordless musical conversation that is spontaneous, big-hearted, and eloquent.

As Music Director, Jed Gaylin leads the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, and Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra with the same creative depth and an open spirit that he brings to the podium. The Bay Atlantic Symphony is now not only consistently praised for its astonishing level of artistry and precision, it is also viewed throughout New Jersey as a model for how professional orchestras can become a vital focus and source of identity in their communities. As a sought-after creative partner throughout the region, the Bay Atlantic Symphony has forged residencies with three area colleges, numerous towns, music festivals such as Cape May, and even casinos. Atlantic City’s Borgata hosted the Symphony for an all-classical summer series, begun in 2013. In 2012, Jed Gaylin was named Artist in Residence at Stockton Univeristy. This position is a part of an innovative model in which Bay Atlantic Symphony is integrated into the music curriculum. Symphonic rehearsals and presentations have become focal points for coursework and seminars. Also in 2012, he was named Music Director of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

In 2018, Mr. Gaylin was tapped by Eastman School of Music composer Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez to conduct his Alla Balena Ensemble, a group of virtuosi from throughout the US. ABE has performed at Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall, The Mexican Cultural Institute (Washington, CD), and Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara. Mr. Gaylin has commissioned and performed numerous works by Sanchez-Gutierrez for more than 30 years.

Mr. Gaylin makes his home in Baltimore where he lives with his wife, poet and essayist Lia Purpura. He has been Music Director of Hopkins Symphony since 1993, during which the orchestra has grown in size, prominence, and artistry into one of the country’s most accomplished university orchestras. The high standards of the orchestra and Jed Gaylin’s belief in art’s ability to knit together and ignite new energy in our communities have resulted in collaborations with arts groups throughout the city, as well as with other non-profit and civic organizations. Also in Baltimore, Jed Gaylin was a regular conductor of Opera Vivente, where his interpretations of Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, and Jonathan Dove were regularly praised for their nuance and power.

Mr. Gaylin served as Director of Orchestras of the Cervera International Music Festival and Summer Course (Spain). He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the National Film and Radio Philharmonic (Beijing, China) as well as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Sibiu State Philharmonic (Romania). Mr Gaylin has led numerous orchestras, including the Saint Petersburg State Symphony, Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra, Xinjiang Philharmonic, Bucharest Radio Orchestra, Academia del Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona, Spain), Eastman School of Music Broadband Ensemble, Lodz Philharmonic and Pomorska Philharmonic (Poland), Gnessin Institute Orchestra and Moscow Chamber Symphony (Russia), Orquesta Sinfonica de Guanajuato (Mexico), Orvieto Festival Orchestra (Italy), Naples Philharmonic (Florida), Symphony New Hampshire, and Wheeling Symphony (West Virginia). He has taught master classes and lectured throughout the world including at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Peabody Conservatory, and Eastman School of Music.

Among Jed Gaylin’s television and radio broadcasts have been National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition airing of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony to more than four million listeners, Voice of America presentations throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union, as well as Bucharest Radio Orchestra, and the National Radio and Film Philharmonic in Beijing. Mr. Gaylin and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony broadcasted a full-length concert performed at the Cape May Music Festival on WWFM in New Jersey and have been aired repeatedly on WYPR in Baltimore.

Such soloists as Hilary Hahn, Yuja Wang, Eugenia Zukerman, Shai Wosner, and Stefan Jackiw have performed with Jed Gaylin leading the Bay Atlantic and Hopkins Symphonies. Composers he has commissioned include Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Lee Pui Ming, James Grant, Russell Steinberg, and James Lee. He recorded She Comes to Shore—concerto for improvised piano and orchestra, by pianist/composer Lee Pui Ming (Naxos/Innova). The recording features the Bay Atlantic Symphony, with the composer at the piano. He also conducted for a two-album CD played by the Xinjiang Philharmonic in Northwest China.

Mr. Gaylin earned both a Bachelor of Music in piano and a Master of Music in conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at the Peabody Conservatory. He attended the Aspen Music Festival as a Conducting Fellow. Among other honors, he has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and the Presser Music Award. His conducting teachers have included Frederik Prausnitz, Leonard Slatkin, Jahja Ling, Murry Sidlin, Paul Vermel, and Michel Singher, and, for piano, Lydia Frumkin.

Find out more about Jed Gaylin at jedgaylin.com.