Hobart Earle, USA
Born in Venezuela of American parents, Hobart Earle is currently in his seventeenth season as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. During this time Mr. Earle has elevated the orchestra to a position of international prominence, unprecedented in the history of the organization. In point of fact, the Odessa Philharmonic is the first performing arts organization in the entire country to have had its funding status raised by the government of Ukraine from regional to federal to national, since the independence of Ukraine in 1991.
Hobart Earle has conducted hundreds of concerts with the Odessa Philharmonic to wide acclaim - in the major concert halls of the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia and throughout Ukraine. Highlights of Maestro Earle's career include performances in the Musikverein (Vienna), the Philharmonie (Cologne), the Beethovenhalle (Bonn), the Barbican Hall (London), the National Auditorium (Madrid), the Liszt Academy (Budapest) the Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society, and in the United States he has appeared in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Davies Hall in San Francisco and the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Hobart Earle's festival credits include appearances at such music festivals as the Bregenz Spring Festival (Austria), the Festival of Perth (Australia), the Lugano Spring Festival (Switzerland), the Chichester Festivities (England), the Nuits Musicales du Suquet in Cannes (France), the Budapest Spring Festival, (Hungary), the Varna Summer Festival (Bulgaria) and the Cultural Capital of Europe 1997 in Thessaloniki, Greece.
In Europe, he has led such orchestras as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Tonkuenstler Orchestra, the Noord-Nederlands Orkest in Holland, the Orchestra della Toscana in Italy, and in the U.S., the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.
Upcoming engagements in Asia include invitations to the National Orchestra of Taiwan and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra. In Moscow, he has appeared in concert with such orchestras as the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra) and with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Future plans for Russia include invitations from Pavel Kogan and Yuri Bashmet in Moscow as well as from the «Moscow Autumn» Festival 2009.
In recognition of his work with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, Hobart Earle was awarded the title «Distinguished Artist of Ukraine», the first and only foreigner in the history of Ukraine so honored. One of the most popular figures in the city of Odessa, Maestro Earle was presented with the annual «Friend of Ukraine» award by the Washington Group (an association of Ukrainian/American professionals) on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the independence of Ukraine in 1996. He was the first person in the arts to receive the award. In 2003, in conjunction with leading newspapers in Ukraine, the Russian Cosmonaut Association named a star in the «Perseus» constellation as «Hobart Earle».
As founder and music director of the American Music Ensemble Vienna/Ensemble for Viennese Music New York from 1987-1991, Hobart Earle premiered many works by living composers in addition to reviving several lesser-known compositions from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. During his tenure in Odessa, Hobart Earle has also led numerous performances of repertoire never before heard there. In particular, he is the first conductor to perform such major works in Odessa as: Gustav Mahler's 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 9th symphonies, Anton Bruckner's 8th symphony, Richard Strauss's «Four Last Songs», Elgar's «Enigma» Variations, Alban Berg's «3 Excerpts from Wozzeck», Gustav Holst's «The Planets», Aaron Copland's «El Salon Mexico» and «Lincoln Portrait» and Leonard Bernstein's «Jeremiah» symphony.
Hobart Earle and the American Music Ensemble Vienna can be heard on two world premiere CDs of American Music on the Albany Records label, including music by George Whitefield Chadwick, Henry Gilbert and Miguel del Aguila. On the ASV label, Maestro Earle has recorded two highly acclaimed CDs with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra of previously unrecorded music by Ukrainian composers Mykola Kolessa, Myroslav Skoryk, Yevhen Stankovych and Reinhold Gliere. His performance of Tchaikovsky's 5th symphony with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna's Musikverein in 2001 was recorded by the Austrian Radio live in concert, and awarded «Best Classical Album 2002» at the «JPFolks Music Awards» in Hollywood, California.
He was a student of Ferdinand Leitner in Salzburg and Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood. Hobart Earle studied conducting at the Academy of Music in Vienna; received a performer's diploma in clarinet from Trinity College of Music, London; and is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University. In 2007, he was awarded the title of «honorary professor» of the Academy of Music in Odessa.