Lawrence Golan is the newly appointed Music Director and Conductor for the York Symphony Orchestra beginning with the 2014-2015 Season. He is also the Principal Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic (seoulphilharmonic.org) in South Korea and Music Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra in Colorado. He continues as Music Director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington state and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra & Opera Theatre at the University of Denver.
Golan has garnered considerable international recognition for his work as a conductor. He has won nine ASCAP Awards, five Global Music Awards, three American Prize awards, three Downbeat Magazine Awards, and two Prestige Music Awards. As Music Director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, central Washington’s premier professional ensemble, Golan has helped to dramatically raise the artistic level of the orchestra. In addition, season ticket sales, single ticket sales, and donations have reached all-time highs. Golan’s appointment in Yakima came on the heels of an equally successful four-year term as Resident Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony. That orchestra’s President and CEO Maryellen Gleason stated that Lawrence Golan was “unequivocally the best Resident Conductor The Phoenix Symphony ever had.” Music Director Michael Christie said that Golan “is a programmer of virtually unprecedented creativity and scope.” That sentiment was confirmed in 2012 when Golan was named the Grand Prize Winner of The American Prize for Orchestral Programming. Several of the concerts that Golan programmed, conducted, and narrated with The Phoenix Symphony turned out to be the most financially successful and well-attended performances in the history of the orchestra, completely selling out triple concert sets in a 2200-seat hall. Golancontinues to guest conduct professional orchestras, opera, and ballet companies in the United States and around the world. Having conducted in 25 U.S. states and 16 countries, recent engagements include performances in Boulder, Macon, Memphis, and Tucson as well as the Czech Republic, Italy, Korea, Taiwan, and a three-week tour of China with the American Festival Orchestra.
A native of Chicago, Lawrence Golan holds degrees in both conducting and violin performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (B.M. and M.M.) and the New England Conservatory of Music (D.M.A.). In addition, he studied at all of the major conducting festivals including Aspen and Tanglewood, where in 1999 he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship. Following in the footsteps of his father Joseph Golan, longtime Principal Second Violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Golan was Concertmaster of the Portland Symphony Orchestra for eleven years and has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony.
Mr. Golan has made several critically acclaimed recordings, both as a conductor and a violinist, that are available through major retailers such as iTunes and Amazon.com. He has also been published as a writer, composer, editor and arranger.
Lawrence and his wife Cecilia, who is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, have been married since 2003. They have a wonderful little girl named Giovanna. Lawrence Golan is represented by William Reinert Associates in New York. For more information, please visit www.LawrenceGolan.com or www.WilliamReinert.com.