BARRY ARAÚJO KOLMAN
BARRY ARAÚJO KOLMAN is presently Music Director and Conductor of the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra in Virginia, USA
Dr. Kolman is a frequent guest conductor of orchestras around the world. In 1994, he led the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Russia as guest conductor for the Anton Rubinstein Centennial Concert, and in 1993 he was invited by the Minister of Culture to become the first American to conduct the State Orchestra of Azerbaijan in Baku. In 1992 he led a tour of the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Blasorchester throughout southern Germany under the auspices of the U.S. General Consul. As a guest conductor, Maestro Kolman has also led the Orchestre Royal de Chambre of Belgium, the Orquestra do Norte in Portugal (as conductor and clarinetist), the Poznan and Czestochowa Orchestras in Poland, the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra in Argentina, the Hunan Philharmonic in China (two invitations), the Botosani Philharmonic in Romania, the Gilea Chamber Orchestra and Crimean State Philharmonic Orchestra in Ukraine, the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Ural State Philharmonic in Russia, the Hopkins Symphony in Baltimore, the Northern Music Festival Orchestra in Ontario, and the Rio de Janeiro Philharmonic.
Dr. Kolman has led the Buffalo Philharmonic (New York), Mesa (Arizona) and North Arkansas Symphony Orchestras and recorded his fifth CD with the State Philharmonic of Iasi (Romania). He has conducted the Slovak State Symphony Orchestra of Kosice during the city's annual sacred music festival and then in the first recording of Anton Rubinstein's Symphony No. 3 for Centaur Records. He has also recorded music of Pulitzer prize-winner Karel Husa with the Slovak Radio Symphony in Bratislava for the Marco Polo label. A recording of George Antheil’s music, also on Centaur, was released on May 1, 1996 as well as a disk of Max Steiner's film music which was released on April 1, 1998. He is currently working on the premiere recording of, “Where Do We Go From Here?”, a film musical comedy with music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Ira Gershwin.
Completing his twenty-fifth season with the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, Kolman has led this ensemble through a period of unprecedented growth. During his tenure, he has introduced a guest artist series, bringing such world-renowned performers as the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Chestnut Brass Company, Leon Bates, Natasha Korsakova, Greg Banaszak solo saxophonist with the Cleveland Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist, Mark Nuccio to perform under his baton.
Dr. Kolman was previously the Music Director and Conductor of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, which he led on their first tour of metropolitan New York. As Music Director and Conductor of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Kolman established a guest artist series, a Kinder-Concert series and a commissioning project.
Barry Kolman received his doctorate in conducting from the University of Northern Colorado where he was awarded the Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence and a Colorado Graduate Fellowship. His Master of Music degree in clarinet performance is from Illinois State University and his bachelor's degree in music education is from the Crane School of Music, for which he received a New York State Regents' Scholarship.
Dr. Kolman studied conducting with Eugene Corporon of the University of North Texas, and has participated in extensive master classes led by Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, and Frederick Fennell.
He is the author of The Language of Music Revealed and The Origins and Early History of American Wind Music:Instrument Makers, Composers, Instructional Methods, and Ensemble Performance.