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In the last three decades, Giunta has guest conducted many of the great orchestras of the world including the Chicago Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. He has also guest conducted the orchestra of Indianapolis, Phoenix, Akron, North Carolina, Madison, Charlotte, Lake Forest, Nashville, Boise, Vermont, Bangor, Florida and Hawaii along with orchestras in Mexico, South America, Europe, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.

He continues to value his life-long goal of exposing as many people as possible to great classical music at all age levels. He started the Lollipop Concerts for pre-school students; Meet the Maestro programs for intermediate students and Yankee Doodle Pops, attended by over 115,000 people this past July. He also participated in the development of the Symphony Academy housed in the Temple for Performing Arts, which currently has over 400 students enrolled in music classes and ensembles.

The many honors and distinctions awarded to Joseph Giunta include the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award for his innovative programming and commitment to new American music. He has commissioned fifteen works for the Des Moines Symphony by renowned composers Michael Torke, Lukas Foss, Libby Larsen, Adolphis Hailstork, David Ott and many others.

He has also received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Simpson College, the 1984 Helen M. Thompson Award presented by the American Symphony Orchestra League to the outstanding young conductor in the USA, and the 2002 Iowa Arts Award for his contribution for excellence in musical performance throughout the world.

Giunta is a graduate of Northwestern University and studied conducting with Henry Mazer, John Paynter, William Smith and Bernard Rubenstein. He also worked with Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini and Klaus Tennstedt. He has acted as stand-by conductor for many of the world’s greatest conductors including Sir Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Charles Dutoit, Klaus Tennstedt, Erich Leinsdorf and Sir Neville Marriner.

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randella - 23 Nov 2009
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