Music Director, Barry Brisk
Barry Brisk first conducted in public at the age of fourteen, when he performed selections from South Pacific at his graduation from Webster Junior High School in West Los Angeles. As a student he also conducted the orchestras at University High School, Mount St. Mary's College, and the University of Music (formerly Academy of Music) in Vienna, Austria where he studied with the prominent conductor/teacher Hans Swarowsky. Professionally, Brisk has conducted many orchestras in Southern California, as well as in Mexico and Austria.
Maestro Brisk has been Music Director of the Beach Cities Symphony since 1994 and is particularly proud of having expanded the orchestra's repertoire. He has conducted works by more than eighty composers, more than a dozen of whom are living. Two of his compositions premiered at our concerts: Serenade for Orchestra (May, 2007) and Kaleidoscope (January, 2010). On November 20th, 2011, the Topanga Symphony presented the world premiere of his Andante and Allegro for Strings, composed when he was a student in Vienna, and on March 23rd, 2012, the BCSO performed his 1984 Trombone Concerto. His recently composed “Celebrations” opened the first concert of the Beach Cities Symphony's 65th season in November, 2014. A number of Maestro Brisk's compositions can be accessed on You Tube.
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