Johannes Müller-Stosch, Music Director
German born conductor Johannes Müller-Stosch serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Holland Symphony Orchestra. He is also Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Conducting at the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. The Holland Symphony has seen unprecedented growth in size and quality of performances as well as record numbers of season subscriptions during Müller-Stosch’s tenure. In California, Müller-Stosch established his Conservatory Orchestra as one of the largest and finest orchestral program next to USC. The conservatory orchestra will tour in South Korea in 2013. During his doctoral studies he served as Assistant Conductor of the famed Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra and won Eastman’s prestigious Walter Hagen Conducting Prize. He has held conducting positions with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Brockport Symphony (New York), Tri State Players (Ohio), and served repeatedly on the conducting and coaching staff at the Opera Theatre Festival in Lucca, Italy. A concert tour with the Eastman String Orchestra brought Müller-Stosch to Japan where he conducted concerts as part of Hiroshima’s 2006 Peace Festival. He received much acclaim for his doctoral project and concert with the Eastman Philharmonia, which surveyed all four symphonies by early 20th century Viennese composer Franz Schmidt. Since then he has been an active proponent of works by early 20th century composer Franz Schreker and Joseph Marx. He conducts several US premieres of their works annually. In 1997 after winning the coveted Strader Organ Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, Müller-Stosch received two Master of Music degrees in organ performance and orchestral conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on full-tuition scholarship. Since then he has been a frequent guest conductor for new opera productions at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, including the fall 2013 mainstage of Britten’s Owen Wingrave. Previous engagements have included Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, the world premier of Joel Hoffman’s The Memory Game, and Virgil Thomson’s The Mother Of Us All. For these he received outstanding reviews in the American Record Guide. He worked repeatedly as visiting opera conductor at the Opera Theater at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2000 he served as Music Director of the Museumsinsel-Operafestival in Berlin, Germany. Müller-Stosch was a featured guest conductor with the Busan Sinfonietta in Korea in 2009. This concert was broadcast on national TV (KBS). His residency also included a concert with Dong-A University as well as conducting classes. 2013/14 engagements came from Korea, Beijing, Vancouver and Eugene Oregon. Concert tours as soloist and collaborative artist have taken him throughout Germany, Italy, Chile, and Japan. Müller-Stosch has several commercial recordings to his credit all of which have been played on Public Radio.