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Scott Dunn




American conductor and pianist Scott Dunn is the Associate Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In addition to today's appearance with the Atlanta Symphony, he has recently led such distinguished ensembles as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the St. Petersburg (Russia) Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony, the Vancouver (BC) Symphony, the Vienna Radio Orchestra (RSO) and has shared the stage with guitarist Trey Anastasio, Beck, Chris Botti, Elvis Costello, Natalie Cole, Sean Lennon, Steve Martin and other noted artists. A one-time student of Byron Janis, he also has appeared in the world's most distinguished venues and on numerous NAXOS recordings as pianist soloist and collaborator.

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. He is known for his performances of Ives and has championed the works of his mentors Richard Rodney Bennett, Lukas Foss and Leonard Rosenman. He is also closely associated with songwriter/composer Vernon Duke having orchestrated, reconstructed and recorded most of Duke’s neglected concert works.

Of his remarkable musicality and versatility 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 come together to give the audience an experience closer to heaven than most of us will get in this lifetime."

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