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Steven Karidoyanes

                                                                                  Music Director & Conductor

                                            As a conductor, composer and broadcaster, Boston native Steven Karidoyanes has brought a wealth of
                                            experience to the podium in his 26 seasons as the Phil’s Music Director and Conductor.
                                            This is his 16th season conducting the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony, leading concerts
                                            and international concert tours. Since 2008, he has also been an understudy conductor for the Boston
                                            Pops Orchestra. He made his Boston Pops conducting debut in Symphony Hall in December 2016.
                                            Past guest conducting engagements include Hungary’s Savaria Symphony Orchestra in Hainburg,
                                            Austria, the Prague Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Costa Rica’s National Music Institute Youth
                                            Symphony, and multiple engagements with the North Czech Philharmonic.
                                            He stepped down in 2017 from leading the Masterworks Chorale after a decade, conducting choral/
                                            orchestral masterworks in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.  He has also held the posts of Music Director of
           Photo @Susan Wilson              the Boston College Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
                                            He has served on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for ten seasons, and on the
                                            conducting faculty of the New England Conservatory.

                                            Complementing his performing activities, Mr. Karidoyanes is a composer and member of ASCAP. His
                                            composition Yerakina: Dionysian Dance for Orchestra, written for and premiered by the Pittsburgh
                                            Symphony Orchestra, has been performed by the Boston Pops and most recently by the Phil during its
                                            2018-2019 season, which celebrated Karidoyanes’ silver anniversary with the orchestra.
                                            A classical music announcer/producer, he has worked for National Public Radio affiliates in Boston,
                                            North Carolina and Indiana. During the recent lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis, Steven’s voice has
                                            been regularly greeting radio listeners on Friday mornings as he leads the local WATD 95.9 hosts in a
                                            weekly game of “Name That Tune.”
                                            Mr. Karidoyanes holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and received training in
                                            orchestral conducting at the Canford School of Music in Dorset, England, where he studied with George
                                            Hurst. He lives in Boston with his wife, Amy. They have two sons, Michael and Nicholas. Steven often
                                            says that, though his home may be in West Roxbury, his heart is in Plymouth – and his work in the
                                            community and across the South Shore demonstrates his love for the Phil and his impact on the cultural
                                            vitality of our region.

                                                             “Jim and I are both inspired by the sound of music.  I

                                                             call it the “wow” factor.  An orchestra is a combined
                                                             effort of musicians and a leader. Our leader, Steven
                                                             Karidoyanes, is our “wow”.  He is a dedicated
                                                             professional with a genuine love for music.”

                                                             – Becky Garrett, Composer’s Society member

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