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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
    Concerto for Violin in A minor
    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
    Consecration of the House Overture
    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
    Les nuits d’été
    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
    Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”

    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

    CORELLI, Arcangelo
    Christmas Concerto

    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
    Elegy for Cello and Orchestra
    Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra
    Masques et Bergamasques
    Pelleas and Melisande

    FINZI
    Romance

    FRANCK
    Symphony in D minor

    GANG, Chen
    Butterfly Lovers Concerto

    GERSHWIN
    American in Paris
    Lullaby for Strings
    Rhapsody in Blue
    Suite from Porgy and Bess

    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, James
    Alas! Babylon’s Final Sunset

    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
    Octet
    Piano Concerto No. 1
    Sinfonias Nos. 7, 8, & 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
    Chrysanthemums
    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

    STILL, William Grant
    Danzas de Panama

    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
    Wasps Overture

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

    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). 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), and Artist in Residence at Stockton University. 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. The Symphony’s ongoing Orchestra-in-Residence position is 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 University. The Symphony’s ongoing Orchestra-in-Residence 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.