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Fawzi Haimor is the newly appointed Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2012-2013 season. Prior to his Pittsburgh appointment, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony for two seasons. In Alabama, he conducted a variety of concerts including subscription, pops, education, and outreach. Additionally, Mr. Haimor had the pleasure to work with numerous orchestras including the Amman Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Orquestra Sinfonico do Porto and has collaborated with artists such as Bela Fleck, Bobby Horton, Diane Schuur, and Luciana Souza.
He has also served as a cover conductor to esteemed conductors including Justin Brown, Marvin Hamlisch, Grant Llewellyn, Michael Morgan, Robert Spano, Stefan Sanderling, and Michael Stern. Extremely passionate about the education of young musicians, Mr. Haimor is involved in many aspects of music education. He was the first music director of the newly formed Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra where he was involved in the development of a brand new premier level youth orchestra for the state of Alabama.
He was also the founder and first music director of the Davis Summer Symphony, an organization geared towards the education and outreach of classical music to residents of the Davis, California community. Additionally, he has been invited to guest conduct youth ensembles across the country including most recently, the University of Georgia’s Senior Orchestra Festival.
Born in Chicago in 1983, Mr. Haimor was raised in the Middle East and the San Francisco Bay Area. He began playing the violin at the age of 4 and quickly developed a deep love for conducting. He completed his training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University where he studied under David Effron and Arthur Fagen as well as attended master classes around the world led by highly respected conductors including Herbert Blomstedt, Jorma Panula, Leonard Slatkin, and Gustav Meier.
He has earned bachelor’s degrees in both music and neurobiology, physiology, and behavior, and a master’s degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis before completing his second master’s in instrumental conducting from Indiana University.
Mr. Haimor currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Houda and daughter Aleena.
Claudia Hoca is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where her teachers included Eleanor Sokoloff and Mieczyslaw Horszowski.
She has a Master's degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where studied with Leo Smit. A Fulbright grant enabled her to return to her native Austria, where she pursued advanced studies under Bruno Seidlhofer.
Ms. Hoca is the recipient of numerous awards, including top prizes in the Chopin Young Pianist Competition and the Washington International Bach Competition.
She has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York.
During the 1990s she played over twenty different concertos with the Buffalo Philharmonic as conducted by Semyon Bychkov, Christopher Keene, Kazuyoshi Akigama, Hermann Michael, Carlos Kalmar, and Maximiano Valdes. She has appeared in recital throughout the United States and abroad, and she is much sought after as a chamber music collaborator.
Her repertoire ranges far and wide, extending from Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Brahms to Stravinsky, Bernstein, and Messiaen.
Her Spectrum recording of the piano music of Leo Smit was included in a list of best classical recordings of 1984 by Buffalo News critic Herman Trotter, and subsequently on Harris Goldsmith's 1985 "Christmas Shopping List" in Opus Magazine. Her critically-acclaimed recordings of Swiss composer Frank Martin's Petite Symphonie Concertante with harpsichordist Anthony Newman and the Philharmonia Virtuosi was released in 1991 on Richard Kapp's Essay label. Her live performance of Poulenc's Aubade with the Philharmonia Virtuosi has recently been release on an Essay CD titled French Dressing.