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Mark I. Gibson
Title: Professor of Music; Director, Orchestral Studies
Office: 2550 Corbett Cntr Perform Arts
Mark Gibson, Music Director of the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra, enjoys a career that has spaned three continents, guest conducting and teaching from Munich to Manila. While Director of Orchestral Studies at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Cincinnati, he also serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Sichuan Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor and consultant with the China National Opera. He also holds conducting posts with the Central Conservatory of Music and the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, as well as the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, München.
Prior to his arrival in Cincinnati, Gibson served as principal conductor of the Alabama Symphony, visiting director of orchestral studies at the Eastman School of Music and music director of the New York City Opera National Company, Ash Lawn-Highland Summer Festival and Opera de Mahon (Menorca). He has also served as artistic director of the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca in Italy and Director of the opera conducting course at CCM Spoleto.
Gibson's previous engagements include the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Pacific, New Orleans Opera, Cleveland Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Spoleto U.S.A. His international credits include Central Opera of Beijing; orchestras in Beijing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shenzhen and Qingdao, China; the Opera de Valencia; Opera de Malaga; and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. A frequent guest lecturer on conducting, he has also led master classes and concerts many conservatories around the world, including the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Seoul National University, National Taiwan Normal University, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona.
Recent appearances in Asia include New Year’s concerts in Chengdu and with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra as well as his debut with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in Manila. In Korea last fall, Gibson led the KBS Symphony Orchestra in concert, and has conducted with the Seoul Metropolitan Opera at Sejong Center, leading performances of Tosca in 2010. He has also appeared on the podiums of the Korean Chamber Ensemble, the New Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra and Gloria Opera Company, as well as teaching master classes at Seoul National University and Catholic University.
Upcoming engagements include West Side Story with the China National Opera and a concert with the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra, along with a performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony with the CCM Philharmonia and Hänsel and Gretel with CCM Opera. Also active as a writer, he is currently working on his the 8th edition of the classic text The Modern Conductor as well as his own book on conducting and musical matters, The Beat Stops Here.
In summer 2015, Gibson will return to the faculty of the Conductor’s Institute at Bard College before leading Creating Carmen, CCM’s opera conducting boot camp.
- BM, New England Conservatory of Music.
- MM, University of Michigan.