Brian Asher Alhadeff is an internationally acclaimed opera, symphonic, ballet, and American Musical Theater conductor with unique specialization in both producing and conducting stage productions exceeding 200 artists. Alhadeff has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of Opera San Luis Obispo since 2011. He is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lompoc Pops Orchestra and the Principal Conductor for Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo and State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara.

In the Czech Republic, Alhadeff was the artistic director and founder of the Hradec Kralove International Summer Opera Festival that featured the Eastern Bohemian Philharmonic in collaboration with the Czech State Opera and Ballet. In 2010, Alhadeff guest conducted the Albanian National Radio and Television Orchestra in a nation-wide broadcast that included the Albanian premiere of American composer Howard Hanson's second symphony The Romantic. Alhadeff has served as principal conductor for Ballet Tucson and BRAVA Ballet, and associate conductor of the Beverly Hills Symphony. Guest conducting highlights include Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Karlove Vary Sinfonie, UCLA Opera Program, South Florida Opera Company, Tulsa Ballet, Eastern Sierra Symphony, Bourgas State Opera, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Santa Maria Philharmonic, Rio Hondo Symphony, Long Beach Opera, Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco, California Polytechnic University Opera Theater Workshop, California State University Los Angeles Opera Theater, and Grand Valley State University (MI) Opera, Ballet and Musical Theater.

My interests lie in expanding the global awareness of classical music through large-scale civic collaborations that use the genre of opera as a means for uniting many complimentary arts organizations. Opera is the Olympics of Classical Music – it’s where all classical arts find common ground on the same stage: orchestra, ballet, chorus, soloist, acting, and the design arts of lighting, costume, makeup, and set. Where grand opera exists, classical arts thrive! I believe the power of collaboration is the new frontier for not only opera, but for all classical arts. When complimentary arts organizations hold hands and work together, creative forces merge, new collaborative marketing and performance platforms are created - in essence, the planets align and produce extraordinary outcomes.

In addition to conducting, Alhadeff is in demand as a pianist, lecturer and arts presenter throughout the United States and abroad. He has served on the vocal and conducting faculties of the California Opera Academy, Symphonic Workshops LTD International Opera Workshops, La Sierra University (CA), and Grand Valley State University (MI). Focusing on inspiring all ages and backgrounds, Alhadeff is known for his dynamic style of performance education that partners live lecture with seamlessly integrated video projection of a variety of animated multimedia.

Alhadeff studied conducting at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD, and the Janáček Academy in Brno, Czech Republic. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), a Masters of Music from California State University of Los Angeles, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

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