Bruno Ferrandis began his tenure as music director and conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony in July 2006. Born in Algiers in 1960 and raised in Nice, France, Ferrandis currently resides with his family in Paris. He has conducted all over the world, and his breadth of musical experience includes not only symphony and opera, but also ballet, musical theater and cinema-accompanying music.
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he received a master’s degree in conducting from The Juilliard School. He was conductor of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and Juilliard Opera Center. He also co-founded the New Music ensemble “Music Mobile” in New York City, and has recorded three compact discs with the Radio France Orchestra.
In the upcoming season, Ferrandis will guest conduct a symphonic concert in Coburg, Germany. He has conducted Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Stravinsky’s The Rake's Progress at the San Francisco Conservatory. Other guest appearances include: the Honolulu Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Marseille Opera Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony (North Carolina) and the Bogotá Symphony Orchestra in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2013 Ferrandis conducted the new version of Martin Matalon’s composition to accompany the silent film classic Metropolis with the Atlanta Symphony; in 2014 he conducted a production of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss at the Opera de Nice in France. In January 2015, he returned to the Opera de Nice to conduct a full opera production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes.
Additional conducting credits include modern and classical ballet companies in New York City, France and Italy. In Asia, he conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and Seoul Philharmonic, and worked with the New National Theater, Tokyo. In Israel, he conducted the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; in Eastern Europe, the Polish Radio Orchestra, Prague State Theater Orchestra, and Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra; in Great Britain, the BBC Northern Orchestra; in Germany and Austria, the Lübeck Hanseatic Orchestra, Mainz Bach Chor, and Klangforum Wien; in Italy, the Orchestra Regio di Torino, Opera of Genoa Orchestra, and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Orchestra; in Spain, the Pamplona Sarasate Orchestra, Madrid Radio-Television Orchestra, Seville Symphony Orchestra and Valencia Orchestra. In France, he has conducted in all the major cities including Bordeaux and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997, he received a “Critic’s Grand Prize” for his conducting of Wozzeck by Manfred Gurlitt.
In North America, Ferrandis has conducted major opera works at the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto) and served as Music Director of the Banff Art Center (Alberta) from 1991 to 2000. He conducted numerous concerts with the Aspen Festival Orchestras until 1994.
Ferrandis has worked closely with the following living composers: in America with Jacob Druckman (creating a workshop of his opera Medea), William Schuman, David Diamond, George Tsontakis and Edward Campion; in Canada with Randolph Peters and Harry Sommers; in France and Europe with Martin Matalon; with Mauricio Kagel and his lively music theater (Warsaw Autumn Festival), Ahmed Essyad (Oratorio for the Theater Festival in Avignon, France), Claude Ballif, Yves Prin, Pascal Dusapin, and celebrated composers Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio.
He has collaborated with a wide variety of entertainment artists such as the actors and movie directors John Neville, Atom Egoyan, Colm Feore, Robert Lepage, François Girard, Stephen Wadsworth and choreographer Martha Clarke.
Ferrandis speaks his native French, as well as English, Italian, Spanish, German and Russian.