Cristian Macelaru B.M. ‘03

Cristian MacelaruRomanian-born conductor Cristian Macelaru, B.M. ’03, is this year’s Frost School of Music Distinguished Alumnus. He will return to the University of Miami campus this season to conduct the Frost Symphony Orchestra and accept his award. This year also marks Macelaru’s inaugural season as music director and conductor of the Cabrillo Festival, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new orchestral music. Executive Director Ellen Primack says, “His curiosity and passion, coupled with his skill and dynamism on the podium, make him a perfect fit.”

Macelaru, who started his career as a violinist, won the Solti Conducting Award in 2014 and has since established himself as one of the fastest-rising stars of the conducting world. He first led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2012, continuing for three critically acclaimed seasons as a replacement for Pierre Boulez. The Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “Macelaru is the real thing, displaying confidence without arrogance and offering expressiveness without excess demonstration.”

Macelaru also conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra annually on subscription programs and other special concerts. “Music as an art form is about bringing people together, to help them dream of better things, to hope of better things, and to understand more beautiful concepts,” he says. Last summer, Macelaru made season debuts at Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony,
Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Wolf Trap Festival with the National Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Music Festival with Wynton Marsalis.