The College of Arts and Architecture

Gerardo Edelstein

Gerardo Edelstein
Orchestras, Conducting
Director of Orchestral Studies

A native of Argentina, Gerardo Edelstein serves as director of orchestral studies. Under his baton, the Philharmonic Orchestra has toured to Spain and also performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, and Heinz Hall. He has conducted orchestras and choirs in Europe, South America, Asia, and the United States. In addition to conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra at Penn State, he also serves as music director of the Music at Penn’s Woods summer festival, and as music director/conductor of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

In Argentina, Edelstein conducted several instrumental and vocal ensembles. He then moved to Israel, where he became principal conductor of the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir and Orchestra. He appeared on radio and television throughout that country, and he toured extensively with the ensembles, performing the masterworks of the choral-symphonic repertoire.

After moving to the United States, Maestro Edelstein served as assistant conductor, associate conductor, and music advisor for the Richmond Symphony in Virginia for three seasons. He conducted a variety of performances there, including several subscription series. Under his leadership, the Richmond Symphony was awarded first prize by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for innovative music programming.

Edelstein has served as guest conductor for the Israel Sinfonietta and the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra in Israel, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, and the Kharkov Philharmonic in the Ukraine. In Argentina, he conducted the Tucuman Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. In 2004, Edelstein was invited to guest conduct at the first international orchestra festival in Dublin, Ireland. He conducted at the French Recontres Musicales Internationales des Graves in 2012. American guest conducting appearances include the Houston Chamber Orchestra, Houston Ballet, San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, Pennsylvania Chamber Chorale and Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra.

Committed to the education of young musicians, Edelstein was conductor of the San Antonio Youth Orchestra for three seasons, and he has served as clinician and guest conductor for orchestra festivals in Colorado, Virginia, Texas, Vermont, New York, and Pennsylvania. He has collaborated with the San Antonio Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has provided conducting masterclasses and workshops in the United States, Argentina and, most recently, Istanbul, Turkey.

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

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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