SYMPHONY on the SOUND and the Chira Chamber Orchestra
A WORLD OF BEAUTY AND HAUNTING MELODIES
Maestro Leniado-Chira has written, performed, conducted, and personally chosen for his 5 new CD albums music with an emotional resonance and impact. Romantic and classical, the live-recorded music evokes another world. The listener enters into a world of peace, love, harmony, and tranquility.
PRESS REVIEWS & PROFESSIONAL COMMENTS
"The Vaughan-Williams was beautifully blended." - The New York Times
"You have woven your magic spell." - Stanley Kubrick
"You should be highly lauded." - Victor Borge
"I recommend him as a musician and a person." - Wm. F. Buckley, Jr. (Editor in Chief National Review and TV Host/Writer).
"You are a true Renaissance Man". "Bravo!" - Robert Ward : Former VP Juilliard School and Composer Emeritus- Duke University.
"I see hundreds of scores every year. Very few have made an immediate impression. You are a genuine original." - Eleazar De Carvallo : Prof of Conducting at Yale University and Music Director, Yale Philharmonia Orchestra.
"Mr. Leniado-Chira is a very special musician, A fine composer and a fine conductor." - Lucas Foss, Composer and Boston University Faculty.
"Impressive and distinctive" - William Primrose, Solo Violist, NBC Symphony Orchestra
"Experience leadership...a standing ovation" - Greenwich Time, CT
"Communicative and accomplished" - Miles Kastendieck (Music Critic)
"There was a strength of passion and understanding of the music... A certain power prevailed even during the eeriest moments." - Greenwich Time, CT ( Valerie Cruice)
"Beautiful Performance" - Alan Hovhaness (composer)
"The audience applauded enthusiastically." - Straubinger Tagblatt (Germany)
"A good orchestra (led by Leniado-Chira)" - Claudia Cassidy (Chicago Tribune)
"Real Excitement... Highly satisfying... A real delight" - Jersey Journal, NJ
"Flawless and warmly received." - Yuma Daily News, AZ
"Excellent musicianship"- Artistic Director, Aspen Festival, CO
"The Bloch Concerto No. 2 was performed with such warmth and devotion that from the first measure it seemed my father himself was speaking eloquently. He would have been moved and gratified by this interpretation."- Suzanne Bloch
"Accomplished Orchestral Conductor... Impressed by his power of handling unusual and modernist scores." - Hugh Ross, Conductor, Schola Cantorum of New York
Joseph Leniado-Chira has been active for over thirty years, conducting 11 professional symphony and chamber orchestras, operas, ballets and brass ensembles. As a professor and guest conductor, he has worked extensively with young musicians. He has also composed over forty works for solo, chamber, instrumental, choral and large orchestral groups which have been performed all over the world by leading musicians.
Maestro Leniado-Chira's conducting background is extensive, including appearances with the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Miami Philharmonic, the Aspen and Tanglewood Festivals, WNYC American Music Festival, the Chira String and American Chamber Orchestra and other orchestras in Europe. As founder- producer and music director of Symphony on The Sound, he conducted their Presidential yacht, which received national radio and televison coverage. He has produced and conducted on TV and radio as well as directed and administered youth programs. In addition, he was music advisor to Stanley Kubrick on the "2001: A Space Odyssey" film.
Mr. Leniado-Chira has been active in the National Association for American Composers and Conductors. As seminar and program director, he instituted a series of seminars by world renowned musicians for the association. He has lectured extensively on conducting and music in Europe and Asia, including a visit to China, where he met with the leading Chinese conductors.
Leniado-Chira has received 19 medals in music competition , 5 conducting scholarships and fellowships including a conducting fellowship at the American Symphony Orchestra League's Asilomar Institute Project, the Harvard Dictionary Music Award and the VFW Award in music. He began conducting on radio at 14 and later studied, conducted and taught at the Juilliard School. He also conducted at the University of Miami and performed classical piano for the Yale University benefit concerts, performing many of his compositions. Included among his many appearances was a concert before the late President and Mrs. J F Kennedy. At the Bayreuth Festival, he recorded for the Deutsche Grammaphone Gesellshaft. He is also listed in the "International Who's Who in Music and Musicians", and his music is in the collection of Isreal's Feher Jewish Music Center at Beth Hatefutsoth Museum. He is a member of ASCAP and the Bohemian's Club of New York.