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Opus 2:
'Monday Lectures' with Emmanuel Fratianni, Robert Guy, Iman Khosrowpour -Online on Zoom 

March & April 2021


SPEAKERS: ‘Success Generation’ Lectures

22 March 2021 [21:00 CET]

Emmanuel Fratianni, Conductor

Title: "Multi-Media Video Game Concert Performances"



Originally trained in Hollywood where joining live orchestra to film originated, Emmanuel Fratianni is uniquely qualified to speak on the topic of video game and film multi-media performances, detailing the industry standards and revealing the often-frightening expectations confronting new conductors in this now ubiquitous multi-media concert environment. In his lecture, Emmanuel will discuss the large diversity of genres in the repertoire, audience outreach, and technology used on stage during concert performances. 


Emmanuel Fratianni has conducted multi-media performances with some of the most renowned orchestras and pop artists around the world. Leading over 70 orchestras worldwide to date, he is embraced by musicians and audiences alike as a versatile conductor of classical, multimedia, film, and pops/crossover symphonic programs. Emmanuel Fratianni has led major ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore, Dallas, and Detroit symphonies, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, among others, and is completing his 11th year as principal conductor of the acclaimed symphonic touring production "Video Games Live”. 

Emmanuel Fratianni is also active as a film composer, his credits as an orchestrator, arranger, and composer include television productions such as NCIS and JAG. Emmanuel is since 2016 professor of film scoring at the Ecole Des Musiques Actuelles (ETM) in Geneva, Switzerland.  Born & raised in the Swiss Alps, Emmanuel Fratianni’s extensive background as both a classical and jazz musician affords him as much ease leading an 80-piece orchestra as a jazz trio. He is a US and Italian citizen, fluent in French and Italian, and lives in Santa Barbara, California with his wife, composer Laurie Robinson, and 10-year-old son Luciano.

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29 March 2021 [21:00 CET]

Robert Guy, Conductor

Title: "Building an Orchestra: NEW Sinfonia at 10 years"



Robert is Co-Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of NEW Sinfonia. Ten years ago Robert and his brother brought together a group of friends who share a passion for music and their community. A decade later, NEW Sinfonia is a funded orchestra that has given world premieres, has a festival residency, leads community projects and works with international soloists. Robert will share his experience in creating and establishing a professional ensemble that delivers a wide range of projects including networking, funding, building an audience, and the resilience needed to succeed and grow.



Robert hails from North Wales and is a conductor, concert presenter, artistic director, and teacher with a breadth of communication and interpersonal skills. An advocate of new music, Robert has conducted 33 world premières which include working with the Orchestra of Opera North in Kevin Malone’s Violin Concerto, Manchester Camerata, and NEW Sinfonia in Rebecca Dale’s Requiem Materna and Paul Mealor’s Symphony No.2. He was selected by Kirill Karabits to work with the Britten Pears Orchestra in their Young Artists’ Programme.

Robert’s collaborative approach to building trust with musicians has been shaped by his early professional career as a viola player, where he notably played with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, and alongside the Allegri and Edinburgh String Quartets.

As Artistic Director and co-founder of NEW Sinfonia, orchestra in residence at the North Wales International Music Festival, Robert leads an evolving partnership with Welsh National Opera in North Wales and has worked with leading soloists including Tamsin Waley Cohen, Federico Colliand Raphael Wallfisch. He has led education workshops featured by the BBC and is grateful to the Arts Council of Wales for their support in his vision to create a partnership with Disability Arts Cymru.

As a guest conductor, Robert works regularly with Manchester Camerata where he has performed with trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth, recorded for Sony PlayStation, and performed for Manchester International Festival. He is a skilled concert presenter, amateur, and education workshop leader in a range of settings from schools to care homes in cities and rural communities.

Robert is proud to be Director of the University of Manchester’s elite undergraduate conducting program, Head of Choral Programmes, and Director of Ensembles. He has been involved in several prestigious projects including at the BBC Proms as Assistant Conductor to Simon Halsey and the BBC Proms Youth Choir. At Huddersfield University he devised and now delivers two BMus courses teaching and mentoring students with a particular focus on equipping aspiring music teachers in directing ensembles.

Robert is currently Principal Guest Conductor to Stockport Symphony Orchestra where he has co-presented concerts with Lindsay Russell (Blue Peter) and is Principal Conductor to the Orchestra of Square Chapel. Frequently in demand as an empathetic and committed conductor of youth orchestras, Robert has been invited to conduct at APAC Orchestra Festival - Vietnam and has recently led projects for AMIS - Salzburg, Haileybury Astana - Kazakhstan, NLCS - South Korea, Pro Corda at Cadogan Hall and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.

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05 April 2021 [21:00 CET]

Iman Khosrowpour

Title: "Fun in the Musical Sun: Engaging and Developing Your Community Through a Summer Festival"



How to plan, construct and activate a program that fulfills the needs of your community.



Conductor, violinist, educator, and scholar, Iman Khosrowpour’s career has enjoyed a uniquely multi-faceted trajectory. He is Conductor and Artistic Director of the Irvine Valley College (IVC) Symphony Orchestra in Southern California, annually leading several concerts as well as with The Ill-Tempered Chamber Players, the Baroque-sized ensemble he founded in 2013. In addition to performing the great symphonic literature, the orchestra has given several world premieres of local composers and IVC students and faculty. In 2016 Iman made his conducting debut at the world-renown Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. In January 2020 he conducted the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Middle School Symphony Orchestra at the SCSBOA Conference, and in February 2020 the Capistrano Unified School District High School Honor Orchestra at Segerstrom Hall.

A passionate educator, Iman is in high demand as an orchestra clinician and adjudicator. He has presented seminars on string pedagogy at conferences, is an active member of the Conductors Guild, and has participated in their workshops in New York City and Montréal. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Irvine Music Festival in Southern California.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Iman’s family immigrated to the United States when he was two years old. He began violin studies at age of eleven and quickly displayed promise, only two years later becoming a pupil of Erick Friedman, a prized pupil of Jascha Heifetz. During his violin studies at Peabody Iman took classes in orchestral conducting with Frederik Prausnitz, and he participated as concertmaster for the

Conductors Retreat at Medomak under Kenneth Keisler. He has studied the orchestra repertoire with the concertmasters of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and has closely observed rehearsals of maestros Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, and Philippe Jordan with the LA Philharmonic. Iman holds music degrees from the Peabody Institute, Rice University, and New England Conservatory, and also received a Masters of Arts Degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, writing an award-winning thesis paper on the film music of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.

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