Michael Avagliano has served as music director of the Central Jersey Symphony since 2008,and was recently appointed music director of the Summit Symphony. He is on the faculty of Drew University as conductor of the Drew Chamber Orchestra and violin professor. Mr. Avagliano is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor, making his European debut with the Pleven Philharmonicin Bulgaria. Recent appearances include the Plainfield Symphony, Opera Forza, the University of Oregon Symphony, the Northern Dutchess Symphony in New York, and the Metropolitan Orchestra ofNew Jersey. In September, he made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall with the YPHIL International Youth Philharmonic, bringing together young musicians from 80 countries around the world in celebration of United Nations week. Under his leadership, the Central Jersey Symphony has drawn acclaim for a transformation inartistic achievement from audiences and critics alike. In the 2014 season, Mr. Avagliano conducted the orchestra’s first opera performances, collaborating with Light Opera of New Jersey for a fully staged production of Die Zauberflöte, and this season the two organizations will present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.
Also an active violinist and violist, Mr. Avagliano is a member of the critically acclaimed Madison String Quartet, performing on chamber series throughout the United States. Highlights of recent seasons include appearances at the Kenai Peninsula Festival in Alaska, the Ulster and Rhinebeck Chamber Series in New York, the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble series, and the Pennsylvania Consort.
Mr. Avagliano has appeared with the New Jersey Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, the StraussSymphony of America, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and is an active performer in the NewYork area. Mr. Avagliano frequently works with several orchestras in the region, including theHarrisburg and Allentown symphonies, and currently serves as concertmaster of the Garden StatePhilharmonic. Mr. Avagliano resides in New Jersey with his wife, violinist Evelyn Estava.