Octavio Mas-arocas Resume

      Octavio Más Arocas has been the Music Director and Conductor of the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra since August of 2008. An alumnus of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Mr. Más Arocas was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize in 2008. He is also the recipient of the 2007 Thelma A. Robinson Award from the Conductors Guild and a Prize Winner of the 2005 Third European Conductors Competition.

Since his appointment with the IAA Orchestra Mr. Más Arocas' performances have been featured on National Public Radio and have been streamed online. Mr. Más Arocas' exciting programming with the IAA Orchestra has included several premieres and commissions as well as fully staged ballets and major works of the choral-orchestral repertory. Mr. Más Arocas and the IAA have also collaborated with such outstanding and diverse musicians as conductor Leonard Slatkin, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, Philadelphia Orchestra's principal tubist Carol Jantsch, and the Latin band Tiempo Libre, among others.

This summer Mr. Más Arocas will conduct the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado in several performances, and will be the assistant conductor to Music Director Carl Topilow. He will also serve as cover conductor for guest conductors including Leonard Slatkin. Mr. Más Arocas has conducted orchestras in other music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music Festival. This summer he will also guest conduct at the Interlochen Summer Music Festival.

Mr. Más Arocas served as assistant conductor for Strauss' opera Die Ägyptische Helena with Deborah Voigt as Helena at the Madrid Royal Opera House and in recent seasons has conducted the Spokane and Toledo Symphonies, leaded two national tours with the National Youth Orchestra Templarios of Portugal and conducted the orchestras of Kharkov in Ukraine, Pescara in Italy, Rosario in Argentina, Amsterdam Brass in Netherlands, Bowling Green Philharmonia, and the Alcalá de Henares in Spain, among others. He has also served as member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain conducting staff and was Principal Conductor of the Silleda Wind Ensemble with whom he made several recordings, toured internationally, and won several awards.

Mr. Más Arocas studied conducting with David Zinman at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and has worked with such leading conductors and teachers as Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, James Conlon, James Depreist, Jesús Lopez-Cobos, Gustav Meier, and Larry Rachleff. He holds degrees from Bard College in New York and the Accademia Musicale Pescarese in Italy and has pursued doctoral studies at Bowling Green State University with Emily Freeman Brown. While at Bowling Green Mr. Más Arocas

Updated:  April 6, 2010

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