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American conductor Scott Dunn is the Associate Conductor of the LA Phil's Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has recently led such distinguished ensembles as the the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, his own Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the St Petersburg (Russia) Philharmonic and others. One of the most versatile musicians of his generation, he has garnered critical praise as conductor and pianist. As one New York critic noted…he is a conductor of great promise, a pianist of note, and a sensitive and intelligent artist. All of these elements came together to give the audience an experience closer to heaven than most of us will get in this lifetime.
Dunn is keenly interested in music from 1900 on with an affinity for American music from Ives to Adams and a special passion for so-called crossover composers - ranging from George Gershwin, Vernon Duke and Leonard Bernstein on to such noted Hollywood film composers as Leonard Rosenman, Howard Shore and Danny Elfman.
His most recent conducting projects include a 2013 memorial concert in New York for his late friend and mentor Sir Richard Rodney Bennett featuring an all star string ensemble and such distinguished artists as Jonathan Lemalu bass-baritone, Fred Sherry cello and Eddie Daniels sax; a 2013 gala concert with Steve Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers and the Atlanta Symphony; raves for a 2013 performance of the fiendishly difficult LIGETTI PIANO CONCERTO with pianist Gloria Cheng for Jacaranda Concerts ; a new 2013 production of Stravinsky's SOLDIER'S TALE with 'new' libretto by Kurt Vonnegut directed by George de la Peña; the 2012 publication by Universal Editions and 2013 premiere of Dunn's own orchestration of FOUR CABARET SONGS of Schoenberg for voice and chamber orchestra with soprano Jennifer Zetlan ; guitarist Trey Anastasio's 2012 national WINTER TOUR symphonic concerts with appearances with the LA Phil, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Atlanta and Colorado Symphonies; the 2012 Zankel hall premiere and Bridge records' CD of composer Mohammed Fairouz' new opera SUMEIDA's SONG; a 2012 recording of recently discovered choral works of the late Leon Kirchner; raves for his 2012 west coast premiere of Phillip Glass's ANOTHER LOOK AT HARMONY; PART IV …Scott Dunn conducted almost as if he were in the trance of sacred Bruckner. The final, ecstatic section was pure rapture; work on the 2012 Boston Symphony presentation of Gershwin's 1935 ORIGINAL PRODUCTION VERSION of PORGY AND BESS, which Dunn helped to restore; as well as numerous conducting appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and elsewhere with such popular headliners as Chris Botti, Natalie Cole, Beck, Sean Lennon and others.
A one-time student of Byron Janis, Dunn appears regularly as soloist and collaborator in the world's most distinguished venues.....Clearly born to play the piano; an abundance of technique and musicality wrote the LA TIMES. He has numerous commercial recordings to his name -primarily for the Naxos label - which include the complete solo works of his friend and mentor Lukas Foss, the DUKE PIANO CONCERTO, rare chamber works of Alfano and numerous other discs of works by Bazelon, Chopin, Reynolds, Ravel and others.
Dunn's wide-ranging musicality can be traced to his friend, mentor and sometime two piano partner, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, who encouraged Dunn to explore music outside of the usual classical canon. Through Bennett, Dunn made his 1999 Carnegie Hall début playing Vernon Duke's 'lost' PIANO CONCERTO - which Dunn orchestrated with Bennett's direct assistance. Subsequently in 2012 Dunn edited the VERNON DUKE SONGBOOK for Hal Leonard and in 2011 restored and conducted for their St Petersburg Russian premiere three huge concert works of Duke dedicated to Diaghilev (Dedicases, Epitaph for Diaghilev and The End of St Petersburg Oratorio).
Other projects include orchestration work on film composer Danny Elfman's MUSIC FOR THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON CONCERTS premiering October 2013 at Royal Albert Hall (as well as prior work on Elfman's 2008 ballet RABBIT AND ROGUE for Tywla Tharp and the ABT); the orchestration and 2012 publication by Universal Editions of FOUR BRETTL-LIEDER OF ARNOLD SCHOENBERG for Chamber Orchestra and Voice; and finally Dunn is working to help create a new musical, MISIA with songs by Vernon Duke based on the life of Diaghilev confidant Misia Sert.
With an education as diverse as his musical interests, Dunn not only pursued musical studies at Juilliard, The Manhattan School of Music, Aspen, USC and the University of Iowa; but he also has an MD, Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons and board certification in Ophthalmology (though he does not practice). Dunn's professional conducting career began in 1999, when Lukas Foss appointed him associate music director for The Music Festival of the Hamptons. Dunn subsequently held conducting posts at GIimmerglass Opera and at Pittsburgh Opera. In 2007, he joined the conducting staff of the LA Philharmonic's Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and in 2010 was named Associate Conductor.