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Lehninger, Lefkowitz lead KSO in detailed performance
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Awadagin Pratt thoroughly integrates Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in a reciprocal exchange of ideas
Albuquerque Journal
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Grand Rapids Symphony has audience on the edge of their seats with guest soloist, conductor
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Milwaukee Symphony enchants with 'Scheherazade,' Saint-Saens
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Lehninger’s Beethoven begins BSO’s season with a bang
The Boston Globe
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Review: CSO summer debut displays Lehninger’s strengths
The Chautauquan Daily
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Review: New West Symphony infuses a hopeful spirit in Verdi's Requiem
Los Angeles Times
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Even with Boulez absent, CSO's thoughtful program has the master's touch
Chicago Tribune
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Conductor, soloist make impressive SSO debuts
The Seattle Times
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REVIEW: ‘Moments of beauty and delicacy’ mark Plano’s guest spot with CSO
The Chautauquan Daily

Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger is in his third year as Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony. In 2018, he brought the orchestra to Carnegie Hall, its first performance at the famed venue in thirteen years. He previously served as Music Director of the New West Symphony in Los Angeles, for which the League of American Orchestras awarded him the Helen H. Thompson Award for Emerging Music Directors. After a very successful two-year tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra that included stepping in for James Levine on short notice in Boston and on tour at Carnegie Hall, Marcelo served as Associate Conductor for an additional three years.

Mr. Lehninger's 2018-19 season includes debuts with the Princeton Symphony and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, and returns to the Hawaii, Portland, and Kyushu Symphony Orchestras, as well as Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira and Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra.

During the 17-18 season, Mr. Lehninger made debuts with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the Charlotte and Tucson Symphonies, and returned to the North Carolina Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and the Slovenian Philharmonic, which he led on tour to Vienna. 

As a guest conductor in the United States, Mr. Lehninger has led the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Houston, Detroit, Baltimore, Seattle, Colorado, Milwaukee, National, Jacksonville, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Omaha, Chautauqua, Hartford, Toledo, and Fairfax Symphonies; the Florida and Louisville Orchestras; and the Orlando, New Mexico, and Colorado Springs Philharmonics. In Canada, he has appeared with the Toronto, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies, the Calgary and Hamilton Philharmonics, and Symphony Nova Scotia. European highlights include engagements with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Lucerne Symphony, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and a tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra assisting Mariss Jansons. He made his Australian debut with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies with his friend and mentor Nelson Freire as soloist ... read full bio