A Grand Finale!

  • Luis Biava, Conductor

Our Season Finale takes us on a journey through time. Join conductor Luis Gabriel Biava and the NGSO performing music by The Great Masters - Beethoven, Ravel, and ending our 12th season with the magnificent Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4.

Luis Gabriel Biava

Luis Biava is currently Music Director of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet Columbus, Camarata, Opera Libera, and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted international soloists Hilary Hahn, David Finckel, Jon Kimura Parker, Karen Gomyo, Chee Yun, and Soovin Kim, and has commissioned and performed many new works including the Ohio premiere of Elliott Carter’s Three Illusions for Orchestra with the New Albany Symphony. He also conducted famed trumpet player Doc Severinsen with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Biava has been soloist and frequent guest conductor with the National Symphony of Colombia, the Bogota Philharmonic, and the Guatemala National Symphony where he performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony last year. He has conducted performances with the Newark-Granville Symphony, Puerto Rico Philharmonic, Advanced String Orchestra of Cincinnati, and the Clermont Symphony in a concert commemorating the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. In the summer of 2012 Mr. Biava was cover conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra for their final concert in Saratoga Springs, New York. Mr. Biava’s educational endeavors include Music Director of the String Orchestra with the School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga Springs, a program for young musicians that mirrors the repertoire of the Philadelphia Orchestra during the three weeks of their residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He also worked with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is adjunct faculty at Kenyon College. As opera conductor he conducted performances of Salieri’s Prima la musica, poi le parole and Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor in Puerto Rico, Suor Angelica with the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Puccini’s La boheme in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with Atlantic Coast Festival Opera, and The Marriage of Figaro, La boheme, and L’elisir d’amore with Opera Libera. He has also conducted BalletMet’s production of The Nutcracker. He has studied conducting with his father, conductor-in-residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra and conducting professor at Temple University, Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Neil Varon, Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School, and David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at The Aspen Music Festival where he also served as principal cellist. Mr. Biava is principal cello of Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He is active as a soloist and chamber musician and performs with the Biava-Uribe Trio with his aunt (Blanca Uribe, piano) and his father (Luis O. Biava, violin) and his wife, violinist Ariane Sletner. He also performs with the High Street Four, Canaletto Ensemble, the Short North Chamber Players, and is artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Dublin. His family represents four generations of musicians. His first cello studies were with his uncle Miguel Uribe in his native Colombia. He also studied with Oliver Edel, Samuel Mayes, Gabor Rejto, Elsa Hilger, Channing Robbins and Leonard Rose. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School.


Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio Overture

Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4