James Gaffigan Biography (Wikipedia)
James Gaffigan (born 1979, New York City) is an American conductor. His father, Dennis Gaffigan, was a salesman for Procter & Gamble, and his mother, Cheryl Gaffigan, was a school secretary. Gaffigan was a student at the LaGuardia High School and the Juilliard School Preparatory Division.
Gaffigan studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music and subsequently at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where his teachers included Larry Rachleff. He earned a Master's degree from the Shepherd School in 2003. He subsequently developed an interest in conducting, and studied at the American Academy of Conducting of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where his teachers included David Zinman and Murry Sidlin. He was a conducting fellow at Tanglewood in 2003. In 2004, he was a first-prize recipient at the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors' Competition in Germany.
Gaffigan was assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra from 2003 to 2006. During this period in Cleveland, he also served as music director of the CityMusic Cleveland chamber orchestra from 2005-2010. He then was associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony from 2006 to 2009, during which time he served as artistic director of the orchestra's 'Summer in the City' festival.
- Anders Hillborg: Sirens – excerpt (2017)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p057qjw4.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p057qjw4.jpg2017-08-09T10:23:00.000ZHillborg uses the orchestra and choir to sustain a compelling tension through strikingly unusual sonic effects. Sirens is inspired by the mythical seductresses of Homer’s Odyssey.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05bxw8k
Anders Hillborg: Sirens – excerpt (2017)
James Gaffigan Tracks