Award-winning American conductor George Stelluto is acclaimed for his compelling, inspired performances of repertoire from the Baroque to present day. As Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Ravinia Festival, and a member of The Juilliard School faculty, Maestro Stelluto has established himself as a versatile conductor comfortable in many styles and genres.
In the past two seasons, Maestro Stelluto made critically acclaimed debuts with Opera Cooperative New York, the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, Nordwestduetsche Philharmonie (Germany), and the Orquestra Jovem do Estado Sao Paulo (Brazil). Other guest appearances include: Orquesta Filarmónica del Ecuador, Ukrainian National Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Transylvania State Philharmonic (Romania). Maestro Stelluto made his Avery Fisher Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in May 2008 and his international debut at The Kiev International Music Festival in 2000.
In 2015, Maestro Stelluto conducted New York Opera Cooperative’s critically acclaimed debut production of Cosi fan tutte. In 2016, he will conduct Cosi for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. His operatic repertoire has included work on productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Idomeneo, The Magic Flute, Abduction from the Seraglio, Elixir of Love, Aida, Tosca, Rigoletto, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Die Fledermaus, and Salome. Maestro Stelluto’s orchestral reduction of Schreker’s opera Die Gezeichneten was premiered by the Los Angeles Opera in 2010. Since then, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and the Juilliard Orchestra have performed the overture of his orchestral reduction. Opera Lyon (France), will perform his edition of Die Gezeichneten this season.
He worked extensively with the Central Conservatory Orchestra in Beijing as part of the conducting staff for The Juilliard Orchestra’s 2008 tour of China and for the school’s 2005-2006 100th Anniversary Tours of Europe and America – premiering Senderovas’ Fanfare at the Berlin Konzerthaus. He is the founder of the Illinois New Music Festival and has collaborated with solo artists such as Sarah Chang, Bela Fleck, Andre Watts, Edgar Meyer, Heidi Grant Murphy, Hilary Hahn, Jeff Nelsen, Marc Coppey and Samuel Ramey.
Maestro Stelluto is Juilliard’s only Artist Diploma recipient in conducting. He also holds two Master’s Degrees (Violin & Conducting) from the Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin from West Virginia University, summa cum laude. He is the recipient of a 2012 ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming, the 2013 Illinois Council of Orchestra’s “Orchestra of the Year Award”, the Nevada Regents Creativity Award, and the Bruno Walter Memorial Fellowship to Juilliard.