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Music Director

Celebrating 10 Years with the Monterey Symphony

Max Bragado-Darman, Monterey Symphony

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

“I invite you to the Monterey Symphony’s 69th season, as we celebrate The Colors of Music! Our 2014/15 Season honors the vibrant spectrum of classical music.

We open The Colors of Music in October, with an exceptional multimedia performance of Disney’s Fantasia Live in Concert. Audiences will watch stunning footage from the animated film, while classical favorites, including excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, are performed live by the orchestra. The concert also represents a new collaboration for the Symphony, as we partner with the Carmel International Film Festival to offer a joint, season subscription package. Monterey is your destination for classical music, film, and art.

As the season continues, you are sure to be astounded by the caliber of our guest artists and orchestra. In November, we pay tribute to three great cities in our City Lights concert, featuring trombonist Charlie Vernon in Chick ‘a’ Bone Checkout, and the young musicians of Youth Music Monterey County performing side-by-side with the orchestra to Ravel’s Alborada del Gracioso. Our Spring 2015 repertoire blooms with Spanish pianist, Joaquin Achúcarro, in February, and Icelandic violinist, Judith Ingolfsson, in March. Our fifth concert in April, Majestic Realm, alludes to the nostalgia we all feel for our homeland, with what is certain to be a spectacular performance by violist Roberto Díaz. The season closes in May with a flamboyant, all orchestral grand finale, Invitation to Dance. Without question, The Colors of Music has something for everyone, and I look forward to sharing this brilliant range in classical performances with you.

Monterey has become home. There are few places in the world that can rival the natural beauty of this area, where the mountains meet the sea. I am constantly astonished by the warmth and generosity of our patrons, and will cherish the lifelong friendships and partnerships that have been made throughout the past decade. Thank you.”

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.”