The New West Symphony has moved ahead in its search for a new music director by naming three finalists.
The finalists — Kynan Johns, Tania Miller and Fawzi Haimor — will all return to lead performances with the orchestra this year and next.
The finalists were picked from a diverse field of candidates from around the world. The new music director will be picked from the three finalists by a committee made up of New West Symphony executives, board members and orchestra members with input from community leaders and will take over at the start of the 2019 season, which marks the symphony’s 25th year.
Johns has conducted the Israel Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and performed at top venues throughout the world. Johns holds a bachelor’s degree in composition and a master’s of music degree in conducting and was a major prize winner in the Dmitris Mitropoulous International Conducting Competiton as well as a finalist and semifinalist in two other conducting competitions. He will conduct Tchaikovsky Pathetique concerts on Jan. 27-28, 2018.
“Performing with the New West Symphony has been a wonderful experience. I am excited to return to work the orchestra,” Johns said in a written statement.
Miller, the first Canadian woman to be a music director of a major Canadian symphony orchestra, marked her 14th season as music director of the Victoria (British Columbia) Symphony in 2015-16. Growth, innovation and quality have been used to describe her tenure with the symphony. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in conducting from the University…