Music Director

As a conductor, composer and broadcaster, Boston native Steven Karidoyanes brings a wealth of musical experiences to the podium.

This is Mr. Karidoyanes’ 8th season as Conductor and Music Director of Masterworks Chorale. Continually praised for the level of distinction to which he brings his ensembles, one reviewer said of a Beethoven Missa Solemnis performance he conducted, “Karidoyanes and his forces navigated it with absolute confidence, allowing the composer’s unruly spirit to speak clearly through them.” (Boston Globe, November 7, 2011). He is also the Music Director of the Plymouth Philharmonic, a professional orchestra on Boston’s historic South Shore, and the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony, leading concerts in Boston’s most prestigious concert venues and in past concert tours of Italy, Greece, Costa Rica and Eastern Europe.

For several seasons he has served the Boston Pops as an understudy conductor, plus conducted the Boston Pops Brass at Fenway Park for a soccer match between Scotland and Portugal. His international conducting engagements include a return to the North Czech Philharmonic in August 2013, this time leading a concert in Prague’s Smetana Hall. He has also led the North Czech Philharmonic in Prague’s Dvořák Hall, Hungary’s Savaria Symphony Orchestra in Hainburg, Austria, the Prague Symphony Chamber Orchestra in Smetana Hall, and Costa Rica’s National Music Institute Youth Symphony. Other guest conducting engagements have included the Syracuse Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and orchestras in the Washington, D.C. region. Opera productions conducted include Cape Cod Opera’s Carmen, The Mikado by the Bostonian Opera & Concert Ensemble [a.k.a. “The Bostonians”] and Opera-by-the-Bay’s (MA) Die Fledermaus.

He has held the posts of Music Director of the Boston College Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony and Greensboro Symphony orchestras in North Carolina, and Assistant Conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Mr. Karidoyanes has served on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for ten seasons, and on the conducting faculty of the New England Conservatory.

Complementing his performing activities, Mr. Karidoyanes is a composer and member of ASCAP. His composition, Yerakína: Dionysian Dance for Orchestra, was written for and premiered by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and has already been performed by the Boston Pops. His Café Neon: Fantasy on Greek Songs and Dances has been performed over thirty times by over a dozen orchestras coast to coast plus Italy, Greece and Australia. A classical music announcer/producer, Mr. Karidoyanes has worked for National Public Radio affiliates in Boston, North Carolina and Indiana.

Steven Karidoyanes holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Boston University and received training in orchestral conducting at the Canford School of Music in Dorset, England, where he studied with the renowned British conducting coach, the late George Hurst. Additional orchestral studies earned him the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for two consecutive years from Ball State University in Indiana.

Karidoyanes elicited some unusual inner details during quieter moments… just getting through the Missa in one piece is an achievement in itself, and Masterworks did far more than that. The choral sound was warm and richly textured." - Boston Globe (on the Chorale's performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis)