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Max Bragado-Darman, Monterey Symphony

Max Bragado-Darman, Conductor and Music Director, Monterey Symphony

“The Monterey Symphony is a unique orchestra, most notably because of the quality of its performances, comparable to the leading orchestras in California and because of the anticipation surrounding each of the concerts. I am proud of the artistic excellence of our musicians and the product we achieve together and I urge everyone to come see what all the excitement is about. Our orchestra is the gem of the Central Coast of California and I feel privileged to be its artistic leader.

Our 2012-2013 Season is an amazing opportunity for the public to witness the greatest works for piano and orchestra. It is not often the opportunity arises to hear Mozart´s Two Piano Concert in the concert hall, especially when one of the pianists is John O´Conor. The season finale will be Rachmaninoff´s Piano Concert No. 2 performed by none other than Dubravka Tomsic. “A Season of Piano” will feature world class pianists throughout, playing our new Hamburg Steinway, complimented by great orchestra works such as Sibelius´ powerful First Symphony and “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Mussorgsky´s thrilling work for piano solo, brilliantly orchestrated by Ravel. Come take a look and become a part of our family! I promise you that hearing and seeing The Monterey Symphony will be a surprising, emotional and uplifting experience; one you will not forget and one you will want to repeat many times in the future.”

Max Bragado-Darman


Max Bragado-Darman,
Music Director and Conductor of the Monterey Symphony

Max Bragado-Darman has served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Monterey Symphony since July 2004. Mr. Bragado-Darman was Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony orchestra of Castile and León in Valladolid, Spain, for nine years. From its formation in 1991, he built it into one of the most prestigious orchestras in Spain. Under his direction, the orchestra performed for enthusiastic audiences in all the major cities of Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Germany. He recorded with this ensemble many unknown works of the Spanish repertoire as well as most of the orchestral works of Turina and Rodrigo on the Naxos label.

In May 1995, Max Bragado-Darman was appointed Music Director and Conductor of The Louisville Orchestra. Under his direction, the orchestra grew in popularity due to his rapport with audiences, the community in general, and his innovative programming. He has worked with distinguished artists such as Alicia de Larrocha, Teresa Berganza, Horacio Gutièrrez, Elmar Oliveira, Dubravka Tomsic, Andre Watts, Angel Romero, Gary Graffman, and Aaron Rosand among many others.

As a guest conductor, Max Bragado-Darman has performed in the United States with the symphony orchestras of Honolulu, San Diego, Nashville, Delaware, West Virginia, Cedar Rapids, Savannah, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Austin, Fresno, and Boulder. He has led the National Orchestra, the Radio Television Orchestra and most other orchestras of Spain, as well as orchestras in Portugal, England, Argentina, Germany, and Mexico. In the fall of 2003, he made his debut at the distinguished Wexford Opera Festival with the Granados opera “Maria del Carmen,” in a version he researched and edited himself.

His conducting career has been guided by the knowledge he received from teachers and musicians such as Robert Fountain, Robert Baustian, George Szell, Igor Markevich and Franco Ferrara.

Most recently, Max Bragado-Darman has appeared on the podiums of orchestras in Monterrey, Mexico and Mexico City. In the spring of 2009, in the heart of Andalucia he took on the challenge of presenting a fusion of flamenco and classical music featuring a pianist, guitarist, dancer, and full symphony orchestra. He has been the conductor for the prestigious “Iturbi Piano Competition” in Valencia, Spain for the last two editions.

Max and Mary Bragado have two children: Julio who is a dancer with The American Ballet Theatre and Ilia who teaches dance in Valladolid, Spain and is married to José Manuel Concejo. They have two sons, two year old Max and 8 month old Alejandro. Both are enchanted with “Abuelito” and “Granny.”