About the NEA

JoAnn Falletta

Buffalo, NY, & Norfolk, VA

JoAnn Falletta is the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. She has been acclaimed by The New York Times as "one of the finest conductors of her generation." She has been invited to guest-conduct many of the world’s finest symphony orchestras including in Korea, Belgium, Great Britain, Japan, Spain, the Netherlands, Lithuania, France, Germany, Scotland, Poland, and Portugal. In addition, she has guest-conducted more than 100 orchestras in North America including the orchestras of Dallas, Toronto, Seattle, Honolulu, Utah, Colorado, Louisville, Philadelphia, Montreal, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Houston, Quebec, and Washington, DC. Ms. Falletta is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards including the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award; the Stokowski Competition; the Toscanini, Ditson, and Bruno Walter awards for conducting; and the American Symphony Orchestra League’s John S. Edwards Award. She is an ardent champion of contemporary music, introducing more than 400 works by American composers and 80 world premieres. Hailing her as a "leading force for the music of our time," the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers honored Falletta with her 10th ASCAP award in 2008. Maestro Falletta will celebrate her 10th season with the Buffalo Philharmonic in 2008-09, highlighted by the release of four new discs on the Naxos label. Her discography currently includes more than 50 titles, and she received two Grammy awards in 2009 for John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan. Highlights for the 2009-10 season include the BPO’s five-city concert tour throughout Florida and national broadcasts of National Public Radio’s Performance TodaySymphonyCast, and From the Top, as well as international broadcasts through the European Broadcasting Union. Ms. Falletta received her undergraduate degree from the Mannes School of Music and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the Juilliard School.