Maestro JoAnn Falletta began her musical studies as a guitarist at the Mannes College of Music. Further study took her to Juilliard, and a remarkable conducting career.
Falletta, through her extensive discography and revolutionary partnership with Naxos Records, has played a key role in drawing attention to many neglected or unperformed composers of the last century. Among them are several “proto-American” composers, such as John Knowles Paine and Charles Tomlison Griffes. A partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies has brought the music of Marcel Tyberg to light via recordings and performances for the first time since the composer’s tragic death during the second world war.
Maestro Falletta is currently the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She has made over 20 recordings with the BPO, many of them on the Naxos label. Her world premiere recording of John Corigliano’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” with the BPO won two Grammys in 2009.