Music Director and Conductor
Blue Hills, Maine
Join the ACO in 2016
Philadelphia native David Amado has been praised by the media, audiences and fellow musicians for his deep insight, visceral energy and imaginative programming. These qualities have allowed him to reinvigorate the Delaware Symphony, turning it into a premier regional orchestra as demonstrated by the January 2010 release of a CD with the DSO, Maestro Amado and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, a project which was nominated for a 2010 Latin GRAMMY Award.
In July 2016, Amado will officially begin his duties as Music Director of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. He was chosen from over 130 applicants and was one of four ACO guest conductors who performed in the 2016 Masterworks series this season in Vero Beach, Stuart and Palm Beach Gardens. He will continue as Music Director in Delaware and will divide time between Delaware and South Florida.
Descended from a long line of fine musicians, David Amado continues his family’s tradition. He showed a predilection for music at a very early age, but it was not until high school that he became dedicated to a musical career, while training in the Pre-College Division of Juilliard. David continued his college years at Juilliard, studying piano while simultaneously exploring other facets of music, including the world of the orchestra. He received his Master’s in Instrumental Conducting at Indiana University. After graduating he returned to study again at Juilliard, but as a conductor, with Otto-Werner Mueller. David’s first job was an apprenticeship with the Oregon Symphony, followed by a six-year tenure with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. In November 2008, Maestro Amado conducted the Virginia Symphony. Other recent highlights of his career include engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the New World Symphony and the Detroit Symphony.