JoAnn signs on for quarter-century

JoAnn signs on for quarter-century


norman lebrecht

October 20, 2019

The Buffalo Symhony has renewed JoAnn Falletta as music director for five more years, taking her to 2026.

That will take her past quarter of a century in the Buffalo podium.



  • Lucky Buffalo! JoAnn is first and foremost, a wonderful person. Second, she brings a wide range of traditional, neglected and new music to the orchestra and audiences. They love her wherever she goes, and I do not say that only because we are friends of thirty years. She is one of the kindest and most respected musicians in the music world.

    • Amos says:

      She did the same for Denver early in her career.

      • Yes indeed. She was Music Director of the Denver Chamber Orchestra (we worked twice together there), and when the Denver Symphony ceased to exist, JoAnn had the main ensemble in town. She also held music directorship of the Queens Philharmonic in Long Island, then Long Beach California and the rest is history.

        • Amos says:

          I attended a Christmas concert she gave with the DCO of Mozart & Beethoven. The soloist in the Beethoven violin concerto was the orchestra’s concertmaster. As I recall he was a Curtis grad and at that time in his late 50’s or early 60’s. When he came onstage he looked a bit ashen. Suffice it to say JF accommodated the soloist until he gained his footing and led a superb performance.

  • FrauGeigerin says:

    I have great respect for JF. I have played under her only once many years ago, and it was a very fine concert. She is one of the best conductors active today, and proof that ery talented women don’t need affirmative action/positive discrimination to get the careers they deserve, they do on their own merits.

  • Nathaniel Rosen says:

    A heartful maestra; we celebrate her.

  • K says:

    Played under JoAnn in Virginia – – many memorable Mahler performances. A genuinely kind person who also happens to be a phenomenal musician.

  • Fliszt says:

    Buffalo Philharmonic

  • Straussian says:

    She’s in a long line of distinguished conductor there starting with William Steinberg, Josef Krips, Michael Tilson Thomas, Semyon Bychkov and Maximiliano Valdes et al. By the way it’s Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra…

  • john kelly says:

    Very good. Excellent conductor making interesting recordings (the Ellington stuff on Naxos is fantastic)

  • MWnyc says:

    NB, Norman: The orchestra is the Buffalo Philharmonic.

  • Peter Phillips says:

    From what I’ve heard of her recorded work, Holst, Moeran and Suk, the Buffalo orchestra have made a shrewd move. She seemed to leave the Ulster Orchestra quite quickly. It’s sad that we didn’t see and hear more of her work in the rest of the UK.