Conductor Cyrus Ginwala has appeared with the Roanoke Symphony, the Boca Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Aspen Concert Orchestra and the Sewanee Summer Festival Orchestra. He has served as visiting faculty at the Peabody Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005, he has conducted concerts throughout the region and at San Francisco State University, where he is on faculty.
Born and raised in Boston, his early training was as a singer and pianist. While in high school, he studied at the Tanglewood Young Artist Program, after which he was appointed to the faculty for an additional three years. After completing a B.Mus. in piano at Boston University, he earned Master and Doctor of Music degrees in Orchestral Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory, where he conducted opera productions annually and was the only student in the conservatory’s modern history entrusted with a major production of the Peabody Opera Theater.
From 1989-1996, Dr. Ginwala was music director of the orchestra and the opera workshop at Towson University in Baltimore and, from 1994-1996, was music director of the Young Victorian Opera Company, a professional summer opera company.
As music director of the Symphony of the Mountains, a professional orchestra, youth orchestra and symphony chorus, from 1996-2005, Dr. Ginwala conducted more than 100 works in subscription and pops series, while expanding the orchestra’s concert and education programs. During that same period, Dr. Ginwala was resident conductor of the Sewanee Summer Music Center, one of the oldest summer orchestral training programs in America. From 2002-2004, he was conductor of the Musica Piccola Summer Orchestra at the North Carolina School for the Arts.
Concerts featuring Dr. Ginwala: