He is a violinist, conductor, composer and arranger
who took his first lessons in violin as a schoolboy in Washington
D.C. when he was ten years old and
quickly moved on to take private tuition.
When he was fourteen he gave a solo performance at the
Kennedy Center when he was
accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra in the first of the children
series of concerts given in Washington D.C.
He took further musical studies in violin and
composition at the New England Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of
Music and Boston University School of Music.
His career as a violinist has seen him performing with
many American orchestras and making numerous appearances as a free-lance soloist. His orchestral positions have been
many and include being a member of the Houston Symphony, a substitute for
the Boston Symphony, the Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Pops
Esplanade Orchestra and the Concertmaster of the Virginia Symphony.
Not starting to conduct until later on in his music
profession he has carved a niche for himself by unearthing some of the
music of 20th century American composers. These discoveries have resulted in
him making several recordings of works by George Frederick McKay, John
Alden Carpenter, Nicolas Flagello and Henry
Kimball Hadley with the National Symphony and National Radio Symphony
orchestras of the Ukraine
on the American Classics CDs released by the Naxos
Often called upon the be a guest conductor he has led
the American Ballet Theatre, the Bolshoi Ballet, Boulder
Philharmonic, the Carolina Ballet Theatre, the Cayman Arts Festival, Detroit
Symphony, the East Texas Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, the Greenville Symphony, the Kirov Ballet, the Opera of North Carolina, the Pennsylvania
Ballet, Portland Symphony, Suburban Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown
Symphony among others.
When he is not playing the violin or conducting he is
a composer and arranger who has written and/or arranged works for Bruce
Hornsby and worked with Michael Kamen on the music
for a documentary about Washington D.C.
for the History Channel called Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington.
His recordings have been many, either as a musician or
conductor, and include four Grammy Award nominations and the 2007 Grammy
Award winning Olivier Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques where he led Angela Chang on piano and the
Cleveland Chamber Symphony.
Other recordings include the world premieres of works by Samuel
Coleridge-Taylor and Chevalier de St. Georges as well as Harbor Lights by Bruce Horsnby,
Deon Nielsen Price: Dancing on the
Brink of the World by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works
by Eliesha Nelson and Northwest Sinfonia and Bloch,
Lees: Violin Concertos by Elmar Oliveira.
Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Naxos 8.559064 (CD: Henry
Kimball Hadley: Symphony No. 4
in D minor, Op. 64; The Ocean, Op. 99; The Culprit Fay, Op. 62)
The Ocean (Henry Kimball Hadley)
Conductor – John McLaughlin
- CD Liner Notes:
Henry Kimball Hadley: The Ocean