Huw Edwards, Conductor Emeritus & Principal Guest Conductor

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Huw Edwards served as Music Director of Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra for twelve seasons and has consistently received critical approval from audiences, soloists and the press for his intense performances and imaginative programming.

Mr. Edwards has also completed nine successful seasons as Music Director of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra in Washington, where there has been a palpable sense of excitement following his appointment in 2003. Edwards is credited with greatly improving the quality of the Orchestra, attracting new players, working with school programs and being very active in the community. Notable performances from last year's Intriguing Ties season include Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony, Les Preludes by Liszt and the Brahms Violin Concerto, with Denise Dillenbeck as soloist.

Mr. Edwards has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Annas Bay Opera, Yakima Symphony, has worked with the symphony orchestras of Dallas and Memphis, as well as numerous ensembles-both nationally and internationally. Last season Huw made a long-awaited return to the Salem Chamber Orchestra, and was immediately engaged to conduct another concert there in April 2012. Huw made his debut appearance with the Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra in June (Bruckner Symphony No. 8) and traveled to Madison in July for his fourth appearance at the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's "Concerts on the Square"-conducting before 28,000 people at the State Capitol. From 2002-2005 Mr. Edwards was Music Director of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, and was a faculty member at the Marrowstone Music Festival (1998 to 2005). Mr. Edwards moved to Seattle after seven memorable seasons (1995-2002) as Music Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, which included many innovations, a coveted ASCAP Award, as well as memorable tours to Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Born in South Wales (UK), Mr. Edwards holds degrees from the University of Surrey in England and SMU in Dallas, which he attended on scholarship in 1988. Huw came to the Pacific Northwest from Chicago, where he was a lecturer and a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University. His principal teachers have been Simon Johnson and Barry Wordsworth (London), Anshel Brusilow and Eduardo Mata (Dallas), and Victor Yampolsky (Chicago).

Outside of music Huw enjoys golf, kayaking, wines from the Southern Rhone, movies, the Chicago Bears, time with close friends, and is a member of Crossfit Olympia, where he is indebted to Juanita and Scott for their verbal motivation amid physical mediocrity!