Artistic StaffConductors and coaches of the Young Artists Philharmonic
Guest Conductor, Young Artists Philharmonic
Joshua Bavaro is currently in his 8th Season with as the Assistant Conductor with the Greenwich Symphony. He has previously served as Music Director of Music at the Gate, Associate Conductor of Maryland Lyric Opera and New York Opera Exchange, and Assistant Conductor for Eugene Opera and the Piedmont Symphony. Dr. Bavaro has performed internationally in Italy, Argentina, Canada, and most recently in Mexico leading the Sonora Philharmonic Orchestra in the opening and closing concerts of the 2016 Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Festival; where he lead a concert of opera arias and a nationally televised performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. As an opera conductor, Dr. Bavaro has worked on productions of Rigoletto, Falstaff, Lucia di Lammermoor, Romeo et Juliette, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Aida, Dialogues des Carmélites, Die Fledermaus, Der Schauspieldirektor, Amahl and the Night Visitors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Turn of the Screw, and Susannah, as well as a number of new works. Dr. Bavaro completed his Doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America in 2017 under the tutelage of Murry Sidlin. He holds his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music.
Conductor, Young String Ensemble
Darwin Shen has been performing as a soloist in concert halls and with ensembles and orchestras all over the United States for over twenty years. Although he continues to perform much of the standard violin repertoire of concertos, sonatas and short pieces, in recent years he has specialized in resurrecting lost or rarely performed works of the late 19thand early 20th centuries. He has been sought after by other artists and musicians as an expert in these works, and his most recent projects in this area have been published online.
Most recently, Darwin reconstructed the 1940’s Heifetz arrangement of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and rare pieces by Leopold Auer and John Crowther, and published his work online in video format. All were highlighted by violinist.com. Darwin is currently working on a number of similar projects.
In addition to his performance schedule, Darwin maintains a teaching studio for pre-college students in the New York metropolitan area. His students have gone on to study at many of the major music conservatories and colleges in the United States. Darwin is also the founder and executive director of the Violin Audition Prep Program, an annual, intensive program which is designed to teach young musicians how to approach and perform in auditions of all types, including for college and conservatory admissions and orchestra placements. He also works with student orchestras and school music programs as a guest teacher, helping students work through intensive rehearsals or difficult pieces.
Darwin studied violin with Paul Kantor, Kyung Yu and Yuval Waldman. He also has a BA degree in History from Manhattanville College.
Conductor, Young People's Symphony
American conductor Gregory Robbins enjoys a diverse career as a performer, educator, and arts administrator. In the world of education, he was the director of educational outreach at the Geneva Music Festival from 2011-2016, and is currently in his sixth season with the Young Artists Philharmonic. He has guest conducted numerous youth, secondary, and collegiate ensembles including the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, Norwalk Youth Symphony, NYU Symphony, and NY State Summer School of the Arts Orchestra. In the world of performance, Mr. Robbins is in demand as a conductor and bassist, serving as associate conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony from 2014-16, and making numerous guest conducting appearances in the U.S. and Europe. Highlights of his 2017/18 season include conducting debuts with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, and a performance with John Cale and the Wordless Music Orchestra which gained wide acclaim from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker. Mr. Robbins holds degrees in classical music performance from Manhattan School of Music and Yale School of Music. In the world of film and tv, he is the “conducting coach” for Gael Garcia Bernal, star of Amazon’s hit Mozart in the Jungle series.