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Short biography

Dutch-born conductor Arthur Arnold leads captivating performances with prominent symphony orchestras around the world. Music Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra since 2012, Arnold returns to Russia to conduct the Master Series in the Grand Hall of the historic Moscow Conservatory. With unstoppable energy and a conviction that music deeply connects, Arnold inspires musicians to perform with heart and passion. Arnold is “…one of the rare conductors who not only possesses a flawless technique but also inspires the orchestra, giving the individual musicians creative freedom.”

Maestro Arnold is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) Festival on Canada’s west coast. The annual festival attracts world-renowned musicians and top international music students, and draws over 5000 concertgoers to daily musical events.

Arnold is researching and performing works of repressed Russian composers. In Russian libraries he discovered lost manuscripts of Alexander Mosolov and recently performed and recorded his Fifth Symphony (1965), Harp Concerto (1939) and Turkmenian Music (1932) in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. The CD will be released at the end of 2020 on the Naxos label. In September 2020 Arnold will conduct the world premiere of Mosolov’s 1958 and 1962 symphonies in Moscow and record these works for the Naxos label.

Recent engagements included concerts with the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice, Poland, the Spokane Symphony Orchestra in the USA, a three-week concert tour through China with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, a new opera production with Pacific Opera Victoria and recordings for the Canadian Broadcast Company with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights

Moscow Symphony Orchestra

Music Director of an orchestra with deeply rooted Russian tradition.

The relationship between Maestro Arnold and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has existed for over a decade. Orchestra and conductor became acquainted during masterclasses in Moscow led by the legendary conducting pedagogue Jorma Panula. Arnold was invited back to conduct concerts with the MSO. The chemistry between Arnold and the orchestra has resulted in a long and fruitful relationship. They have perfromed in major concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Dr. Anton Philipszaal in The Hague, Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the International House of Music, the Tchaikovsky Concert hall. During international tours they have delighted audiences with their passion for music. The combination of this orchestra, with deeply rooted Russian tradition, and the dynamic Dutch conductor, has resulted in exciting interpretations and powerful musical experiences.

PRISMA Festival

Music Director of the PRISMA Festival (Pacific Region International Summer Music Association), Arnold has gained a broad reputation for his insipring work with young musicians.

Every summer advanced music students from all over the world come to the Canadian West-Coast to study with Arnold and leading musicians from major symphony orchestras, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Students are trained for a career in music performance.  PRISMA is the newly designed program that is carrying on the excellence in orchestra performance and education initiated by the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific (SOAP) of which Arnold was a co-founder. Through 2012, over 700 students from all over the world came to Powell River to study at the highly acclaimed orchestra academy.

Woodstock Mozart Festival

The Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra director Anita Whalen about Arthur Arnold:

“We are more impressed with Arthur Arnold’s orchestral work and personal interaction with our community and audience members than with any guest conductor we have engaged over the past 18 years. Not only is he highly professional in every way, but also exceptionally inspirational, first to our players and as a result to our audiences. His special gift of connecting with the audience enables them to feel part of the music in contrast of listening from afar. During his visits, Arnold’s elegant, and at the same time, compelling interpretations resulted in overwhelming ovations.”

Fundraising

A valuable and necessary skill for the 21st century conductor.

Arnold is active in the field of fundraising and assists many of the orchestras he conducts with their fundraising programs, both on a corporate and individual level. His enthusiasm for orchestral music results in a wide support from prospective sponsors. The Royal Bank of Canada, RBC Dominion Securities, an organization working closely with Arnold during sponsorship drives, writes:

“Arnold has been a speaker at numerous fundraising campaigns we have held, and each campaign draws a larger and larger audience as word of mouth has spread about his captivating storytelling.

Arnold’s passion for music is contagious. His innate ability to make his audiences want to donate has made our fundraising efforts very easy. Arnold is natural at connecting with his audiences, and we are in awe of how he has brought the perception of appreciating Orchestra from being something out of reach for the ordinary person, to something that everyone can fall in love with.”