brings extensive experience, as both performer
and conductor to the podium. He is attracting
attention internationally as a conductor of
remarkable ability and insight. His career has
earned him a growing reputation as a superb
conductor and orchestra builder. Norwegian born,
Maestro Brevig received his music training at
The Juilliard School and holds a Doctor of
Musical Arts Degree. He was principal trombonist
of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1968 to
1994 and his performed as soloist with major
orchestras throughout the world. Numerous
commissions and premiers are to his credit. He
has an extensive solo discography and is a
frequent adjudicator of major competitions.
On leaving his
position with the Metropolitan Opera, Maestro
Brevig's conducting career expanded quickly. In
the five years following 1994 he conducted more
than twenty operas. A review in The New York
Times declared Maestro Brevig 'shaped the
performance [of Rigolettol artfully'. In
addition to his positions as music director and
conductor of East Texas Symphony Orchestra and
the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, (CT), he is
continuing his teaching affiliations with the
Aspen Music Festival, Colorado, as well as the
music schools of Juifliard, Manhattan and Mannes
in New York. His conducting repertoire runs the
gamut from Renaissance to contemporary music. A
staunch advocate of contemporary music, he has
commissioned and performed numerous new works.
has received numerous awards, including a
Koussevitsky Fellowship, Henry B. Cabot Award,
three Naumburg Fellowships, the international
music competition in Pragm and the Neill Humfeld
Award for excellence in teaching. In 1990, King
Olav V of Norway awarded him the Royal Medal of
St. Olav in recognition of his efforts on behalf
of Norwegian music and culture in the United
has studied the medical problems faced by
musicians and serves on the Advisory Boards of
Medical Problems of
Performing AiWsts and Musikphysiologie und Musik
Me&zin, a publication from Stuttgart,
A champion of
Scandinavian music, Maestro BreviZ is founder
and president of the Edyard Grieg Society, Inc.,
New York. Since 1991 the Society has, under his
leadership, produced more than 50 events:
recitals, chamber performances, radio broadcasts
and symposia at Columbia University, to
celebrate the composer's sesquicentennial.
Events often culminate with a performance at
Lincoln Center with Maestro Brevig leading the
Orchestra of St. Luke's. New York Times wrote: '
Brevig was utterly convincing and rewarding."
New York Concert Review asserted: 'Brevig's
conducting is clear and elegant, authoritative
without being authoritarian.
maintains guest conducting relationships with
orchestras worldwide. His most recent engagement
with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra
included Mahler's Symphony No. 6. His repertoire
is large and he is flexible in the programming
of operatic as well as symphonic works.
Reviews of Per
performances of all these pieces were of
high quality, and heaped credit upon
conductor Brevig and the orchestra ... By
any standard, it all added up to a
remarkable evening indeed.
remarkably responsive orchestra, artfully
conducted ... made it possible to luxuriate
in the music - an experience afl too rare in
the concert hall these days ... Per Brevig's
and St. Luke's performance was of a whole
cloth, beautifully and carefully shaped, and
... shaped the performance [of 'Rigoletto'l
programming was excellent ... a lavish aural
fest ... The Glieg Gala concert set fire in
the hearts of the audience ... Maestro
Brevig brought us the most subtly wrought
performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke's
under the baton of Per Brevig, the program
made the reasons for Giieg's renown as clear
as the azured sky over Oslo.
conductor often has the ability to create
calm and satisfaction among the musicians
... When this is true, the result is evident
in the music-making, as was the case here.
concert ... showed incredibly intimate and
flawless ensemblt-playing. Most impressive
was the timber, tone quality and substance
of interpretation inherent in the music.
Never exaggerated, always disciplined, one
instrument never projecting at the expense
of the ensemble ... an exquisite concert.
and the ensemble played with all possible
performance ... Per Brevig and the orchestra
performed with heart and beauty of tone ...
a most moving moment.
excelled at coaxing lush sonorities ...
Brevig paid precise attention to each
dynamic shading, creating a dense tapestry
of sound that I can only call sublime.