Pasadena, CA – The Pasadena Symphony Association announces the appointment of David Cubek as Assistant Conductor. David will also serve as the Conductor for the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Philharmonic ensemble. Mr. Cubek currently serves as Director of the Claremont Concert Orchestra of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer and Scripps Colleges, and has served on the faculty of the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program of the Longy School of Music of Bard College. David joins an esteemed artistic team with the Pasadena Symphony renewing the contracts of both Music Director David Lockington and Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas McGegan through 2019. As it embarks on its 89th season, David’s appointment further cements the Pasadena Symphony’s position as the area’s premiere destination for youth orchestra instruction and live symphonic music; with an eye for long term stability in its artistic leadership.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Mr. Cubek is a firm believer in the power of music to foster social change. He regularly conducts ensembles from Venezuela’s acclaimed music education program “El Sistema,” which aims not only to create great musicians, but also to dramatically change the life trajectory of children in need. He has also collaborated with several El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States, including Youth Orchestra of LA (YOLA), Gustavo Dudamel’s initiative committed to providing intensive music training to underserved neighborhoods in the LA area.
“The PYSO program represents the Pasadena Symphony Association’s commitment to elevating young musicians and providing opportunities for their continued learning thereby creating future leaders of tomorrow,” stated Pasadena Symphony Association Chief Executive Officer Lora Unger, adding “we are very much looking forward to the growth of our youth orchestra programs under his artistic direction. “
David undertakes his role as Assistant Conductor with the opening of the 2016/17 Symphony Season on October 8, 2016. The Pasadena Symphony performs six concerts annually at Pasadena’s historic Ambassador Auditorium from October through April as part of its Singpoli Classics series. All concerts take place at Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105.
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ABOUT David Cubek
David Cubek has been the director of the Claremont Concert Orchestra of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges since 2010. He was also recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony and Conductor of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra Philharmonic. In addition to being passionate about conducting and teaching, he is a firm believer in the power of music to foster social change. Since 2009, Mr. Cubek regularly conducts ensembles from Venezuela’s acclaimed music education program known as “El Sistema.” He has also collaborated with several El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States, including Youth Orchestra of LA (YOLA), Gustavo Dudamel’s initiative committed to providing intensive music training to underserved neighborhoods in the LA area. Mr. Cubek’s collaborations led to his appointment as faculty member of the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program of the Longy School of Music of Bard College, which provides training for professional musicians aspiring to become agents of social change.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Mr. Cubek began private piano and composition lessons at the age of 7 before entering the Simón Bolívar Conservatory. In 1999, he moved to Montreal to continue his music education, studying piano and music theory at McGill University and orchestral conducting at the Conservatory of Montreal. At the latter institution he was awarded First Prize with Great Distinction in orchestral conducting. Mr. Cubek completed his doctoral studies in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University, where he served as assistant and guest conductor of the opera program, and the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. He was music director of the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra and a lecturer in music theory at both Northwestern and McGill. In addition, Mr. Cubek has led orchestras in Canada, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Italy.
David also serves as the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra Philharmonic Conductor.