PHILIP MANN has been named music director and conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Little Rock, effective with the start of the 2010-11 season in October. He is currently serving as assistant conductor of the San Diego Symphony as part of the American Conducting Fellows Program administered by the League of American Orchestras. Mann has served as music director of the Oxford City Opera and Oxford Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra/Oxford Pops, both in the U.K.; as principal guest conductor of the Arizona Camerata; as assistant conductor of the Indiana University Opera Theater; as cover conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra; and as the Schmidt Conducting Fellow at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Herberger College of Fine Arts. As a Rhodes Scholar he taught at Oxford University, and while in England studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. In the U.S. he has worked with Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute, with Michael Tilson Thomas at the New World Symphony, and with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jorma Panula at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Trained as a violinist, Mann has appeared as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician in the U.S. and abroad, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a commendation from the lieutenant governor of California and a service award from the mayor of Chandler, Arizona.

Posted April 1, 2010