Maestro Stuart Malina is one of
America’s most versatile and accomplished
conductors. In a wide variety of concerts, from
masterworks and grand opera to pops, Maestro Malina’s
ease on the podium, engaging personality, and insightful
interpretations have thrilled audiences and helped to break
down the barriers between performer and listener wherever
he has worked. Music Director and Conductor of the
Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra since June 2000, Stuart
Malina has also held appointments at the Greensboro
Symphony Orchestra (Music Director, 1996-2003), and the
Charleston Symphony Orchestra (Associate Conductor,
Maestro Malina made his Carnegie Hall debut in February of 2007, conducting the New York Pops in an all-Gershwin tribute including Rhapsody in Blue, which he conducted from the keyboard, and returned to Carnegie and the Pops in October of 2007. This past season, Maestro Malina had return engagements with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Eastern Music Festival, at which he conducted the world premiere of Billy Joel’s Symphonic Fantasies for Piano and Orchestra. In 2006, he debuted with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and in 2007 with the Naples Philharmonic, after which he was reengaged for concerts in 2008 and 2009. He has had multiple appearances with the Chautauqua Institution Orchestra, as well as concerts with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s (NY), Kansas City Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, AIMS Festival Orchestra (Graz, Austria), North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra and the Queens Symphony Orchestra.
On the opera podium Maestro Malina’s recent engagements include Opera Delaware (Porgy and Bess), Piedmont Opera (Massenet’s Manon) and Greensboro Opera (Il barbiere di Siviglia ).
Maestro Malina’s activities also extend to Broadway. In June 2003, he won a coveted TONY award for orchestration with Billy Joel for the musical Movin’ Out, which Malina helped create with director/choreographer Twyla Tharp. He is currently music supervisor for both the National Tour and the London/European Tour of the show. Maestro Malina has also served as Associate Conductor of the National touring company of West Side Story and as conductor of the Charleston production of Porgy and Bess with performances in the United States, Canada, and the Israel Festival. In 1995, in a strange turn of events, Malina appeared on stage, acting opposite Broadway legend Zoe Caldwell in Terrence McNally’s Tony-winning drama Master Class for its run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
An accomplished concert pianist, Maestro Malina has impressive credits as soloist, having concertized throughout the Northeastern USA, the Netherlands, and with the acclaimed Piccolo Spoleto Contemporary Music Festival. His chamber music activities include frequent appearances in Central PA, presentations of Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time, on the Linton Series in Cincinnati, a recent performance of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet, with the Enzo Quartet, and several concerts with the Fry Street Quartet. He performs regularly with former concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Alexander Kerr, HSO concertmaster Odin Rathnam, world-renowned cellist Daniel Gaisford, and oboist Gerard Reuter.
Maestro Malina holds degrees from Harvard University, the Yale School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller. He studied piano with Drora and Baruch Arnon and with Keiko Sato.