Tito Muñoz, Virginia G. Piper Music Director
Tito Muñoz is increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted and versatile conductors of his generation. Most recently serving as Music Director of the Opéra National de Lorraine and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, his previous appointments have included a three-year tenure as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow, and Assistant Conductor positions with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
An alumnus of the National Conducting Institute, Mr. Muñoz made his professional conducting debut in 2006 with the National Symphony Orchestra. That same year, he made his Cleveland Orchestra debut at the Blossom Music Festival at the invitation of David Zinman. Mr. Muñoz continues to maintain a close relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra, where he has returned to conduct annually, including a critically acclaimed subscription week, stepping in on short notice for Pierre Boulez. Mr. Muñoz conducted his first performances with The Joffrey Ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra in the summer of 2009. This successful collaboration led to further performances in the summer of 2010 as well as an invitation to tour with The Joffrey Ballet in the 2010/11 season. In the 2012/13 season, he conducted The Cleveland Orchestra’s first complete Nutcracker performances and in summer 2013 he led the orchestra’s first staged Rite of Spring, both with the Joffrey Ballet.
Mr. Muñoz has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Alabama, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus, Eugene, Hartford, Houston, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Kitchener-Waterloo, Phoenix, and San Antonio, among others. Other recent and upcoming engagements include return performances with The Florida Orchestra and the Detroit, Kitchener-Waterloo, Pasadena, Phoenix and Toledo symphonies as well as subscription debuts with the Naples Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony. Festival appearances have included the Chautauqua Symphony and the Grant Park Orchestra. Following engagements in Europe with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra the Opéra de Rennes, Mr. Muñoz has upcoming debuts with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Luxembourg Philharmonic, and the Orchestre National de Lorraine. Future engagements include debuts with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Sydney Symphony, and the Sao Paolo State Symphony Orchestra.
Committed to working with young artists, Mr. Muñoz has conducted performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, New World Symphony, Oberlin Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory as well as a nine-city tour with the St. Olaf College Orchestra. His recent debut with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto led to an immediate re-engagement. Additionally, he has had an ongoing relationship with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Portland Youth Philharmonic and has worked with conducting students both at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
During the summers of 2004 through 2006, Mr. Muñoz attended the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin and participated in master classes with Asher Fisch, Leon Fleisher, George Manahan, David Robertson, and Leonard Slatkin. He is the winner of the Aspen Music Festival's 2005 Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize and the 2006 Aspen Conducting Prize, returning to Aspen as the festival's Assistant Conductor in the summer of 2007 and then as a guest conductor in summer 2011.
An accomplished violinist, Mr. Muñoz began his musical training in the Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program, continuing studies on violin and composition at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and was a member of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York and New York Youth Symphony, where he also served as Apprentice Conductor. He furthered his training at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, as a violin student of Daniel Phillips.