Long Beach Symphony Orchestra recently announced that Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke and Principal POPS! Conductor Steven Reineke have been appointed to noted symphony orchestras.
Maestro Diemecke was appointed music director of the Bogota Symphony Orchestra in Columbia, South America. Comprised of more than 100 musicians, it is the most important symphony orchestra in Columbia.
Maestro Reineke was appointed principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1931, the National Symphony Orchestra is the artistic affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where it has presented annual concert seasons since the Center opened in 1971.
“We applaud Maestros Diemecke and Reineke on their new positions with these distinguished orchestras,” says LBSO Executive Director Robert Jones. “These recent appointments are yet another shining example of the world-class conductors we have leading the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.”
The recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Artist of the Year Award from the Arts Council for Long Beach, Enrique Arturo Diemecke is celebrating his 10th year as music director and conductor of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra during the 2010-2011 season. Diemecke is also principal guest conductor of the Orchestre National de Montpellier in France and in 2005 was named music director of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic.
Among Diemecke’s many accolades are four Jean Fontaine Orpheus d’Or Gold Medals for “best vocal music recording” by France’s Academy of Lyric Recordings, including the 2010 Orpheus Prize for his recording of Jules Massenet’s opera, The Juggler of Notre Dame, starring Italian tenor Roberto Alagna.
Diemecke received a Golden Record Award in honor of his best-selling recording of music by Revueltas, Chávez and Moncayo. In 2002, he was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the “best classical album” category for his recording, Chávez: Concertos for Violin and Piano.
Reineke began his tenure as The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s principal POPS! conductor during the 2009-2010 season. He is also music director of The New York Pops, the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States. He holds the title of principal pops conductor with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and is the associate conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where for more than 13 years he has served as a composer, arranger, and conducting protégé of the celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel.
Reineke’s recent guest conducting appearances include the orchestras of Los Angeles, Toronto, Houston, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Vancouver and Edmonton. In 2009 he made his Boston Pops and Philadelphia Orchestra debuts. In 2008 Reineke made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting The New York Pops’ 25th Birthday Gala. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 2007 with entertainer Wayne Brady and returned to the Hollywood Bowl in 2008 to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, Reineke conducted, arranged and orchestrated the music for Brady’s orchestral show and played the same role in his collaboration with rock legend Peter Frampton.