Michael Avagliano has served as music director of the CJSO since 2008. Previously, Mr. Avagliano led the Manalapan Symphony as music director for four seasons, and he also worked as a cover conductor for the Lafayette Symphony and the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland. Mr. Avagliano is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor, making his European debut with the Pleven Philharmonic in Bulgaria. Recent appearances include the Plainfield Symphony, the Northern Dutchess Symphony in New York, and the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey. The Allentown Symphony also named Mr. Avagliano as a Conducting Fellow for the 2011-12 season. Under Mr. Avaliano's leadership, the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra has drawn acclaim for a transformation in artistic achievement from audiences and critics alike. Recently, the orchestra was a runner-up for the American Prize, awarded each year for excellence in orchestral performance.
Mr. Avagliano has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. In recent seasons he has appeared as soloist with the New Sussex Symphony, the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and the New Jersey Youth Symphony, as well as in solo recital engagements in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Also an active freelance musician, Mr. Avagliano frequently performs with several orchestras in the region, including the Harrisburg Symphony, the Westfield Symphony, and the Princeton Symphony. He currently serves as concertmaster of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and principal second violin of the Plainfield Symphony.
As a member of the critically acclaimed Madison String Quartet, Mr. Avagliano has performed on chamber series throughout the United States. Highlights of recent seasons include appearances at the Kenai Peninsula Festival in Alaska, the Rhinebeck Chamber Series in New York, the Mozart and Friends series in Princeton, and the Pennsylvania Consort. He has also served as concertmaster for many orchestras and summer festivals, including the Garden State Philharmonic, the Plainfield Symphony, and the Lafayette and Marion symphonies in Indiana. Praised for his versatility as a musician, Mr. Avagliano covers a wide variety of musical genres, having worked with artists ranging from Jaime Laredo and Seiji Ozawa to the Moody Blues and Ray Charles.
Also an accomplished violist, he has performed at the Killington Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center and with the Singapore Symphony in that capacity.
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