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Paul Bryan is the dean of faculty and students for the Curtis Institute of Music. He currently serves as Director and Conductor of Bravo Brass, Conductor and Music Director of Philos Brass, and Music Director of the Symphony in C Youth Orchestra.
Mr. Bryan has conducted performances with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia wind and brass ensembles, the Curtis Institute of Music Brass and Percussion Ensemble, Curtis 20/21 ensemble, and the Play On, Philly! Orchestra, among others. He has served as director of bands at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia and as a conductor at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, N.Y.
Mr. Bryan is a graduate of Curtis and of Temple University. He studied trombone with Glenn Dodson and Eric Carlson and conducting with David Hayes, Arthur Chodoroff, and Larry Wagner. He joined the Curtis staff in 1993 and became a member of the faculty in 2009.
Mr. Bryan conducted the Young Artist Summer Program during Curtis Summerfest 2013 and will return as head conductor during Curtis Summerfest 2014.
Petko Dimitrov is currently music director of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra and conductor of the WCYO Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as assistant conductor of Symphony in C and assistant conductor of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. In July 2010, he was appointed artistic director of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra at the Lasdon Park Concert Series in Katonah, New York. He is also principal guest conductor of the New Symphony Orchestra in his native Bulgaria.Mr. Dimitrov made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007, and his Avery Fisher Hall debut in 2008, both with the WYCO. Also in 2007, he led the orchestra in a tour of Austria, performing in the Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt and the Schlossberg in Graz. In 2010 he conducted Excalibur: The Celtic Rock Opera, which toured major cities in Germany.
In 2007 the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation awarded Mr. Dimitrov its prestigious fellowship, which recognizes accomplished young conductors. He has twice been a finalist in the George Solti International Conducting Competition.
Mr. Dimitrov holds a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, where he studied with Kenneth Kiesler. He also holds a Graduate Performance Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Gustav Meier.