Celebrating his nineteenth season as Music Director of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, ALFRED SAVIA enjoys an internationally respected career as conductor, music director, orchestra builder and teacher.
Alfred Saviaâ€™s tenure with the Evansville Philharmonic has coincided with the institutionâ€™s remarkable growth and transformation. Under his artistic leadership, the EPOâ€™s annual budget has grown to over two million dollars, with expanded activities including a comprehensive Youth Orchestra program and the incorporation of the Philharmonic Chorus, Childrenâ€™s Choirs and a full-time string ensemble, the Eykamp Quartet. Innovative concert programs include annual presentations of "Gospel Night at the Philharmonic," Family/Casual Classics Series, holiday performances of Messiah and The Nutcracker, a fully staged opera production, outdoor and chamber orchestra concerts in the greater Evansville region and a "Side by Side" concert, combining the professional and youth orchestras. All of this growth has occurred while the EPO has maintained balanced budgets - and with its longstanding Classics and Pops series often sold-out on a subscription basis. Mr. Saviaâ€™s programming skills and ability to connect with audiences everywhere have been documented in profiles in Musical America and Symphony Magazine. In 2004 he was named the recipient of the Mayorâ€™s Arts Award.
Alfred Savia, who was Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 1990-1996 and returns often, is a frequent guest conductor throughout North America and around the globe. Recent activities have included performances with the Alabama, Battle Creek, Columbus, Detroit, Duluth-Superior, Illinois, Memphis, Phoenix, Roanoke, Saint Louis, San Antonio, Savannah, South Bend, Southwest Florida, Spokane, Winston-Salem, Wyoming and Kitchener-Waterloo symphony orchestras, The Louisville Orchestra, Dayton, Fresno, Louisiana, Louisville, Rhode Island and Korea philharmonic orchestras, Mexicoâ€™s Orquesta SinfÃ³nica de Xalapa and Orquesta SinfÃ³nica del Estado de MÃ©xico, Denmark's Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Germanyâ€™s OsnabrÃ¼cker Symphonieorchester, Italyâ€™s Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari and Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Radio Television Serbia Symphony Orchestra and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Ankara, Turkey. He has also made his Chicago debut, conducting the Grant Park Symphony of that city's famed Grant Park Music Festival. In 1997, he recorded Russell Peck's The Thrill of the Orchestra with London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
A native of Livingston, New Jersey, Alfred Savia graduated from Butler University's Jordan College of Fine Arts. He studied conducting with Franco Ferrara at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and privately with Otto Werner Mueller. Conducting studies at the American Symphony Orchestra League's Institute of Orchestral Studies and the Tanglewood Music Center led to his first professional appointment as Assistant Conductor of The Omaha Symphony (1976-78). Subsequently, he served as Resident Conductor of the Florida Philharmonic and New Orleans Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Florida Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Orlando Opera. He also played an integral role in the emergence of the Orlando Philharmonic, serving as its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor from 1995 to 2000.
Alfred Savia and his wife, Kathryn, a violinist, have two daughters, Laura and Juliana.