Karl Middleman, Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, is widely known as a composer, lecturer, and guest conductor of many orchestras and choirs. The Suddeutsche Zeitung in Munich acclaimed his conducting as ?resolute and impressive.? ?Energetic, vivid, and hugely satisfying,? praised the Turkish Times.
In 1993 he founded the Philadelphia Classical Symphony with which he initiated a series of legendary concerts mixing scholarship with showmanship. Middleman?s thematic concerts are noted for their spirited intellectual inquiry and for the bold, revelatory ways they reframe the essential classical music experience for seasoned as well as novice listeners. His recent awards and recognition include 19th Century Music, Philadelphia Magazine and the Philadelphia Music Project. Collaborations have included many world-leading soloists.
A composer and champion of new music, he has premiered the works of 50 composers since 2002. His current activities in new music include Philadelphia Concerto Commissions, the Young Composers Project, and Gateways to Global Music. A career educator, he has served on the faculties of Arcadia University, Cabrini, Philadelphia and Montgomery County Community Colleges and Temple University Music Prep. He has been a recent PA Humanities Council Speaker and currently serves as Arts Advocate and Trainer for the ?Classroom Arts Project? of Partners in Distance Learning, and Scholar in Residence for the South Jersey Jewish Community Center.