Gerard Schwarz has been the music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra since 1985. He is also currently the music director of the Eastern Music Festival, and has served as music director for Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra from 2001 to 2006, New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival from 1982 to 2001 (he is now a conductor emeritus there), LA Chamber Orchestra, and New York Chamber Symphony from 1977 to 2002. At Seattle Opera, Schwarz has conducted Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Zauberflöte; Beethoven’s Fidelio; Weber’s Freischütz; Wagner’s Fliegende Holländer; Verdi’s Traviata and Falstaff; Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande; Johann Strauss Jr.’s Fledermaus; Richard Strauss’s Salome, Elektra, Rosenkavalier, and Ariadne auf Naxos; Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen; and, most recently, Bizet’s Pêcheurs de perles. He has also conducted for Washington Opera, San Francisco Opera, Juilliard, and Kirov Opera. One of the most recorded conductors today, Schwarz holds several honorary doctorates, including one from the Juilliard School. He has served on the National Council on the Arts, and has been honored as “Conductor of the Year” by Musical America. He has received 13 Grammy nominations and two Emmy Awards.