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Music director Stuart Malina with baton directing the orchestra.

Maestro Stuart Malina

Now in his 24th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Stuart Malina has earned a reputation for orchestra building and multi-faceted versatility. From masterworks and grand opera to pops, Maestro Malina’s ease on the podium, engaging personality, and insightful interpretations have thrilled audiences and helped to break down barriers between performer and listener wherever he has worked.    

In addition to his duties in Harrisburg, Maestro Malina also serves as Music Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the orchestra of the Adirondacks, where he leads a six-week festival season each summer. In 2022, he was named Music Director of the Greenwich Symphony, Greenwich, CT.

Maestro Malina made his Carnegie Hall debut in February of 2007, conducting the New York Pops in an all-Gershwin tribute including Rhapsody in Blue, which he conducted from the keyboard. He has performed as guest conductor with numerous orchestras in the US and internationally. In 2016, he conducted two concert tours of Russia, sponsored by the US Russian Embassy. He also performs frequently as a pianist, both as soloist and in chamber music. In June 2003, he won the Tony award for orchestration with Billy Joel for the musical Movin’ Out, which Malina helped create with director/choreographer Twyla Tharp.   

Maestro Malina was previously Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony (1996-2003), Associate Conductor of the Charleston Symphony (1993-1997), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Florida Orchestra (2013-2023).

He holds degrees from Harvard University, the Yale School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller.  In June 2020, he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Music degree from Lebanon Valley College. Malina lives in Harrisburg with his wife, Marty, and their two children, Sara and Zev.    

More details about Stuart Malina are available on his website at

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