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Edward Polochick, conductor

Edward Polochick is Founder and Artistic Director of Concert Artists of Baltimore. Since winning the coveted Leopold Stokowski Conducting Award and, as a result, conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, he has attracted attention as an orchestral, operatic and choral conductor.

A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Polochick began piano lessons at the age of four and was already performing as a pianist on the stage of Carnegie Hall at the age of nine. He began his conducting studies while majoring in music at Swarthmore College. He received Masters of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in both piano, as a student of Leon Fleisher, and in conducting. As an accomplished pianist, he has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Neville Marriner conducting. He was also a coach and assistant conductor in the Opera Department of the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1979 he decided to concentrate on conducting and accepted appointments on the conducting staffs of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Director of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus and the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he is the Associate Conductor of the Peabody Orchestra, Director of Choral Ensembles and Opera Conductor.

During the summer of 1987 Mr. Polochick was conductor of Musicisti Americani, a chamber orchestra festival in Sulmona, Italy. In November of that year, Edward Polochick conducted the Peabody Orchestra in concerts of American music in Moscow. He received an ASCAP award for adventuresome programming of American music as a result of this tour. Other conducting appearances have included the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Aalborg Symphony of Denmark, Chautauqua Symphony, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Tuscaloosa Symphony and Omaha Symphony Orchestra.

The fall of 1998 marks Edward Polochick's twelfth season with Concert Artists of Baltimore and his first season as Music Director of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra in Nebraska. Mr. Polochick resides in Baltimore, where is often asked to share his wealth of knowledge and love of music at various lecture series, adjudications, and radio broadcasts.

S022585CD - A Royal Invitation

S022597CD - Gladness of Heart

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