The College of Arts and Architecture

Gerardo Edelstein

Gerardo Edelstein
Orchestras, Conducting
Director of Orchestral Studies

A native of Argentina, Maestro Gerardo Edelstein has an extensive experience conducting symphonic music, opera, and choral works in four continents. Audiences, musicians, and press alike continuously praise him for his sensitive, charismatic, and energetic performances.

Edelstein was principal conductor of the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir and Orchestra in Israel, appearing on radio and television on several occasions and touring throughout the country. In the United States, he served as assistant conductor, associate conductor, and music advisor for the Richmond Symphony in Virginia conducting a variety of performances including several subscription series. Under his leadership, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) awarded the symphony first prize for innovative music programming awarded in 2000.

Gerardo Edelstein has guest conducted the Israel Sinfonietta and the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra in Israel, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, the Kharkov Philharmonic in the Ukraine, the Tucuman Symphony Orchestra and Choir and the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina, the Houston Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Ballet, the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, the Pennsylvania Chamber Chorale and Orchestra, and the Kalamazoo, Williamsport and San Antonio symphonies in the United States. In 2004, Edelstein was invited to guest conduct in the first international orchestra festival in Dublin, Ireland and, most recently, in the Recontres Musicales Internationales des Graves in Bordeaux, France.

Committed to the education of young musicians, Maestro Edelstein has served as clinician and guest conductor for many orchestra festivals in Virginia, Texas, Vermont, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. He has also collaborated the San Antonio Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony in side-by-side concerts. He has presented masterclasses and conducting workshops in the United States as well as Argentina.

Maestro Edelstein graduated with high honors from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires (piano) and studied choral conducting at the J. J. Castro Conservatory of La Lucila. He continued his education in Israel at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem where he won the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Scholarship awarded by the American/Israel Cultural Foundation. In the United States, he received a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. His teachers included Mendi Rodan, Helmuth Rilling, and Larry Rachleff, among others.

Currently, Edelstein serves as director of orchestral studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the conductor of Penn State’s Philharmonic and Chamber orchestras as well as the music director of the Music at Penn’s Woods Summer Orchestra Festival. In addition, he is music director of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.      

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Dvorak Cello Concerto  Kim Cook and Gerardo Edelstein Also includes works by Max Bruch and Zdenek Pololanik. Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic conducted by Gerardo Edelstein. Accademia Dell' Arte, B000BGQWIM

Dvorak Cello Concerto 
Kim Cook and Gerardo Edelstein
Also includes works by Max Bruch and Zdenek Pololanik.
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic conducted by Gerardo Edelstein.
Accademia Dell' Arte, B000BGQWIM