John Zoltek John Zoltek

An artist of varied musical interests from classical to jazz and beyond, Maestro Zoltek holds degrees from University of British Columbia (M.M. composition) and Berklee College of Music in Boston (B.M. composition) where he studied both classical and jazz composition graduating with honors. While Berklee he was awarded the prestigious Youth Concerts at Symphony prize for classical composition. He studied conducting with Attilio Poto, a legendary conducting mentor at the Boston Conservatory, and was selected to attend the Pierre Boulez Carnegie Hall Foundation program in New York. He later studied conducting abroad in the Czech Republic. Notable teachers include Zdenek Bilek, Tsung Yeh, Jorma Panula, Kirk Trevor, John Bavicchi and George Monseur.

Orchestras conducted include the National Latvian Symphony Orchestra (Riga), Philharmonic Bohuslav Martinu (Czech Republic), Vancouver CBC Orchestra, Orchestra Now, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Vancouver Pro Musica Orchestra and the Altoona Symphony (PA). Zoltek made his European conducting debut with the Philharmonic Bohuslav Martinu in Luhachovice, Czech Republic. He has worked with notable composers Alan Hovhaness, Sofia Gubaidulina, R. Murray Schafer, Stephen Chatman and Mark Armanini. In 2009 he traveled to South America to lead the Orquesta Sinfonica de Guayaquil in Ecuador. Recording credits include three CDs of the symphonic music of Mark Armanini with the National Latvian Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Bohuslav Martinu. While living in Seattle he was the Music Director of the Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra

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