This coming season, the San Luis Obispo Symphony will audition five candidates for the position of music director. Marisa Waddell will speak with each one through May 2017. In this conversation, she chats with Maestro José-Luis Novo about his vision and ideas for the Symphony, and with David Hamilton, the chairman of the search committee.
Novo is currently music director of the Binghamton Philharmonic in New York and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in Maryland. He studied violin in his native Spain, and continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, where he earned a First Prize in violin. In 1988, he came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar, obtaining both Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts Degrees from Yale University. He has served as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras, and the Cincinnati Youth Orchestra.