Peninsula Symphony

Guido Lamell

Conductor and violinist Guido Lamell has been hailed by the Beverly Hills Times as a brilliant master programmer who “keeps audiences thrilled season after season”. Having conducted numerous Southern California orchestras from the Topanga Philharmonic to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Guido produced and conducted a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2011 in a benefit concert that raised money for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. An archival recording of that concert was submitted to “The American Prize” and was awarded the national Second Prize in 2012.

Guido received his Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Conducting from the University of Michigan. Early musical posts included Associate Concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra and Concert master of the Mexico City Philharmonic before joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Carlo Maria Giulini in 1979. Former conducting mentors have included Charles Bruckof the Monteux Conducting School, Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Jorge Mester in his private conducting Master Class, and Francisco Savin while Guido lived in Mexico City. However, Guido feels that his best conducting education comes from playing in the Los Angeles Philharmonic for many years under the batons of many of the world’s greatest conductors - too numerous to list here.

Guido became the Music Director of the Santa Monica Symphony in 2012 and has expanded the audience base for that orchestra, not only through exciting and innovative programming, but also through speaking to the audience in a way that draws them into the concert in a personal way. Additionally, Guido loves to conduct the great symphonic blockbusters like Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Rachmaninov’s 2nd, Mahler’s 1st and 5th Symphonies, and the Verdi Requiem – to name just a few favorites. He has also presented many of the area’s finest soloists, both established and emerging, and has performed local premieres of contemporary composers Hailstork, Schwantner, Boone, and others.

One of Guido’s special passions has been to showcase the orchestral works of Black composers. Having performed celebrated works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Grant Still, and Florence Price, he has been excited to present less familiar works by George Walker, William Levi Dawson, and James Price Johnson. He also looks forward to introducing a new generation of young composers like Jessie Montgomery, who is a two time laureate of the Sphinx prize and who Guido believes is one of the truly great new talents in composition today.

Guido continues coaching the orchestras of Santa Monica High School and participates in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s YOLA programs and other school partnerships. Guido has also conducted the National Symphony of Ukraine in celebrated recordings of violin concertos with Eugene Fodor and additional recordings of Tchaikovsky’s 5th and 6th symphonies. Guido traveled to Kazakhstan in September of 2017 to conduct the Karaganda Symphony in a program of diverse orchestral showpieces. As a result of those concerts, plans are in progress for Guido to return to Karaganda to conduct that orchestra in a major tour of former Soviet capitals.

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