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Tito Muñoz
Assistant Conductor
The Cleveland Orchestra

Tito Muñoz is increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. He is currently Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, appointed by Franz Welser-Möst in April 2007, and a League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow. He previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

An alumnus of the National Conducting Institute, Mr. Muñoz made his professional conducting debut in 2006 at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra. That same year, he made his Cleveland Orchestra debut at the Blossom Music Festival at the invitation of David Zinman. The 2006-2007 season included his critically acclaimed subscription debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, stepping in for an indisposed Krzysztof Penderecki. Other recent engagements include appearances with the Indianapolis Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. Abroad, he made his European debuts with the Orchestre Lyrique de Région Avignon-Provence and Ensemble ‘05 at Italy’s Ritratti 2008 festival.

The 2008-2009 season has included performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and the orchestras of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory. Additionally, Mr. Muñoz made his operatic debut with the Opéra National de Lorraine in performances of Caballero’s Los sobrinos del Capitán Grant, as well as a highly successful debut with the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, which led to an immediate re-engagement for subscription concerts in the spring of 2010. In the 2009-2010 season, Mr. Muñoz will also make his debut with the Toledo Symphony, a return subscription appearance with the Cincinnati Symphony and his subscription debut with The Cleveland Orchestra.

Since the summer of 2006, Mr. Muñoz has made regular appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival. Summer 2009 includes a performance with the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra as well as performances with The Cleveland Orchestra and The Joffrey Ballet. Other summer appearances include performances with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and the Grant Park Orchestra.

During the summers of 2004 through 2006, Mr. Muñoz attended the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin and participated in master classes with Asher Fisch, Leon Fleisher, George Manahan, David Robertson, and Leonard Slatkin. Tito Muñoz is the winner of the Aspen Music Festival’s 2005 Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize and the 2006 Aspen Conducting Prize. In the summer of 2007, he returned to Aspen as the Festival’s assistant conductor.

An accomplished violinist, Mr. Muñoz has performed in many of New York’s leading ensembles – including Ensemble Sospeso, the New York Virtuosi, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s – as well as for numerous Broadway shows. As a studio musician, he has recorded for Albany Records, RCA Victor, and Sony.

Born in New York City in 1983, Tito Muñoz began his musical training on the violin at age thirteen in the Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program. He continued studies in violin and composition at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. Mr. Muñoz attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and was a member of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York and the New York Youth Symphony, where he concurrently served as apprentice conductor. He furthered his training at Queens College (CUNY) as a violin student of Daniel Phillips.

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