Arthur Arnold, conductor










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Arthur Arnold is Music Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, Canada.

The association between Arnold and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra (MSO) dates back to 2001 and a momentous debut in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The Russian orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Arnold, performed two different programs to full houses on two consecutive nights. These concerts did not go unnoticed by the Dutch press: “The Moscow Symphony Orchestra was exceptionally convincing. This was mainly due to young Dutch conductor Arthur Arnold, who had his debut in the most beautiful concert hall of the Netherlands […].” The success produced an immediate return invitation a mere two weeks later, again to rave reviews in the Dutch newspapers:“The Russians played an entirely Russian program under the strong and convincing leadership of Arthur Arnold, who, until his two performances in the Concertgebouw two weeks ago, was a virtually unknown Dutch conductor. Arthur Arnold radiates serenity and natural authority. He conducted the great repertoire in grand style and in tranquil tempi that allowed the typical Russian sound of the orchestra to flourish, thanks to an excellent balance.” Arnold was soon appointed the Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra and its conductor have been regularly invited back to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. This productive partnership has deepened over recent years, Since 2010 Arnold has conducted all the concerts of the MSO Master Series in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. In 2012 he was appointed Music Director.

Arnold’s career has also taken him to North America, where he is the Music Director of the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA), a Canadian festival. The annual event draws 20 leading guest artists from the world’s finest symphony orchestras and 70 – 80 advanced music students from all over the world. Arnold is the spirit behind the festival and academy, which he co-founded in 2012.

In Canada, Arnold has conducted the Victoria Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of the Glenn Gould School of Music and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. Arnold was the Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific for nine consecutive years through 2012 and the orchestra conductor and adjudicator for the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival from 2000 – 2012. In the USA, Arnold has been a regular guest at the Woodstock Mozart Festival in Illinois.

Annual engagements take Arnold frequently to Romania and Poland where he conducts many of the state philharmonic orchestras, such as the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra Iasi, the Targu Mures State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra, the Banatul Philharmonic Orchestra Timisoara, the Arad Philharmonic Orchestra and the Podlasie Opera & Philharmonic.

In his home country Arthur Arnold has conducted the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Netherlands Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nieuw Ensemble. National radio programs with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (Belgium) were all broadcasted live from the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. From 1997 – 2001 Arnold was the principal guest conductor for Seoul National Symphony Orchestra in South Korea.

Arnold was assistant conductor to Maestro Hans Vonk at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Netherlands Opera, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne.

In Amsterdam Arnold studied the cello with Harro Ruijsenaars and Dmitri Ferschtman and with Christopher Bunting in London. He studied conducting with Anton Kersjes and Hans Vonk and received additional training from Marcello Viotti, Jean Fournet and Graeme Jenkins. Arnold was granted the Prins Bernhard Foundation and the Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten Awards to study at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy with Myung-Whun Chung and Gianluigi Gelmetti. Multiple recipient of the Busenhart Morgan-Evans Award, Arnold participated in master classes with Jorma Panula and Diego Masson.