In June and July 2012, Martin Piecuch enjoyed his seventeenth tour of Russia as both conductor and wind soloist. During this trip he visited Vladivostok for the eighth time, and Krasnoyarsk for the fourth time, conducting and performing in the third International Festival of the Asian Pacific Countries where he was again the only American conductor present.
Maestro Piecuch has conducted over 800 performances with the finest orchestras, as well as top jazz bands. In 2005 he made his debut as guest conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, where he boldly conducted Liebermann’s Concerto for Jazz Band and Symphony. In 2003 he was named Permanent Guest Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic, and has also conducted the orchestras of Archangelsk, Khabarovsk, Omsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Krasnoyarsk and Vladivostok. Mr. Piecuch was presented with a Bronze Medal by Russia’s Minister of Culture. Outside Russia, he was the Music Director and Conductor of the Washington (D.C.) Symphony for nine years and has also conducted the Seoul National Symphony, the Hradec Kralova Philharmonic in Czech Republic, the Vogtland Philharmonie of Greiz/Reichenbach, Germany, several other American orchestras as well as opera productions in New York, Washington DC, St. Petersburg, Yakutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Graz, Austria, Hungary and Wolf Trap outside Washington DC. Mro. Piecuch is Music Director and Conductor of PALA Opera Association, New York City, and was founder and Artistic Director of SoundMusic in Connecticut, which employed America’s fourth oldest orchestra, the New Haven Symphony. He made his Kennedy Center conducting debut in 1996: the world premiere of LanYing, the first of nine collaborations with Stage Director Elizabeth Falk, whom he married in 2001 the way they met: on stage, in an opera.