Richard Pittman is a particularly versatile conductor and his biographical pages reflect this..
The biographical pages give an increasing level of detail from a
Personal note from Richard Dyer
I am still awash with emotion and admiration for what you and your team accomplished with WOZZECK the other night. If you compare the ratio of resources to ambition and accomplishment it was the event of the year - but that isn't quite fair because the resources included the two most important, talent and a willingness to work, neither of which is ever a "line item" in a budget. Congratulations.
. . . this
was the first time since last summer that I wished I were still writing
reviews, as in the "old days," for an event of "old days"
All best wishes and congratulations again,
Comments from published reviews
"Pittman's Canny Intelligence at Work Yet Once Again
"Pittman is primarily known as a new music conductor, but this
performance again demonstrated what a gifted Verdi conductor he is--the
performance had style, color, weight, and line; Pittman gave the
singers plenty of room but also kept the atmosphere challenging."
"True master leads superb symphony: All evening, Pittman led
the orchestra [Omaha Symphony] in performances that were both
polished and joyful. He got Rossini's Overture to "The Italian
Girl in Algiers," the concert opener, exactly right. His
interpretation was full of big, dramatic contrasts between loud and
soft playing. And it was also full of unabashed romance and
"A further appreciation is owed to the baton of Maestro Pittman
(Settembre Musica Festival, Turin, Italy, The Boston Musica Viva), who
achieved noteworthy results, providing direction through energetic
gestures that were at the same time elegant and expressive, and
perfectly attuned to the musical genres at hand."
"Under Richard Pittman’s lucid baton, it sounded terrific and just made you happy."
"Concord Orchestra’s Busoni Piano Concerto--Under
Pittman’s committed and inspiring leadership, the musicians tore
into the concerto with tremendous enthusiasm and abandon, and delivered
"Edinburgh Festival--Boston Musica Viva is an ensemble of fine,
careful and musically generous players conducted in sprightly fashion
by Richard Pittman."
"Harbison "Full Moon in March" premiere, Boston Musica Viva--Pittman
conducted the Musica Viva ensemble in performances that were exemplary
for their clarity, cleaness, and sure sense of pace."
"Conductor Richard Pittman was the hero in the orchestra pit (Fall
of the House of Usher, American Repertory Theater), directing the
proceedings with complete authority and dramatic flair."
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