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Joel Suben

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Founder Joel Suben

Since 1981, Joel Eric Suben has led first performances and commercial recordings of some 500 works by more than 150 American and European composers, among them Pulitzer Prize winners Roger Sessions and Leslie Bassett. Suben's guest conducting credits include the Warsaw Philharmonic (1998 Warsaw Autumn Festival), National Polish Radio Symphony (archival recordings of works by Karol Rathaus and Jerzy Fitelberg and a dozen commercial discs of American music), Seattle Symphony, American Symphony (children's concerts in New York schools), Slovak Radio Symphony (another dozen CD releases), Moravian Philharmonic (yet another dozen CD releases), the North Czech Philharmonic, and the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra.

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In 1986, he made a rare appearance as guest conductor of the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, in the process becoming the first American citizen to appear in that orchestra's subscription series since Mahler's nephew, Fritz, conducted there in the 1950s. Suben went on to guest conduct more than a dozen Polish orchestras, bringing new American concert works everywhere he has appeared.

Suben's work appears on the Naxos/Marco Polo, Albany, New World, Centaur, CRI, and Parnassus labels, as well as on a handful of smaller labels. His recordings are heard frequently in major radio broadcasts worldwide.

While still a student, Suben led the first Boston performances of Darius Milhaud's Service Sacre with members of the Opera Orchestra of Boston. As a finalist in the Hans Haring Conducting Competition held by the Austrian Radio, Suben was called back to the podium three times by the jury to prepare a performance of Anton Webern's Six Pieces for Orchestra, op. 6. After conducting studies with Witold Rowicki, Otmar Suitner, Sergiu Celibidache, and Jacques-Louis Monod, Suben embarked on a career focused mainly on contemporary works.

Many reviews of his performances of Mahler, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, and Debussy portray a maestro of broad-based and convincing involvement in the standard repertoire. In 2018, his recording of the Haydn Cello Concertos with cellist Robert deMaine and the Moravian Philharmonic was released on the Leaf Music label.