Jan Wagner

Coordinator, Director of Orchestral Studies; Professore, Conducting


Armstrong 19


Faculty Member since 2002


Applied Area(s)

Conducting, Instrumental


Kammermusik Players


Diploma and Korrepetitions Praxis, Academy of Music Hochschule (Austria)

Professional Highlights

  • Jan Wagner, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, launched his professional conducting career after winning First Prize at the 1995 Nicolai Malko International Conductors Competition in Denmark. In 2002 he completed a five-year tenure as Principal Conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark which he led in more than 200 performances conducting more than 200 different works both on subscription concerts and on two separate tours to the U.S.A. and Spain.Mr. Wagner has maintained a close affiliation with that orchestra and has also been a regular guest conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela, that country's national symphony orchestra, since 1998.
  • Simultaneous with his appointment in Denmark, Jan Wagner regularly conducted the Danish National Radio Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Danish Royal Theater as well as most of the principal Danish and Scandinavian orchestras. Other notable orchestras he has worked with include the Royal Philharmonic, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, the Halle Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Symphony and the Melbourne Symphony and West Australian Symphony. In North and South America, Wagner has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida, the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra (where he was assistant to Edo de Waart), the Philharmonic Orchestra of the U.N.A.M in Mexico City, the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (whose previous conductor was the late Eduardo Mata).
  • Throughout his career Jan Wagner has collaborated with many distinguished artists such as clarinetists Richard Stolzman and Sabine Meyer, singers Anne Larson, Bo Skovhus and Yvonne Kenny, cellists Ralph Kirshbaum and David Geringas, violists Nobuko Imai, pianists John Browning, Ivan Moravec, Grigory Sokolov, Andrei Gavrilov and Nikolai Demidenko, violinists Mark Kaplan and Arve Tellefsen, and trumpeter Hkan Hardenberger. Recent collaborations have included performances with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, trumpeter Jens Lindemann and pianist John O'Conor.
  • Jan Wagner has also been very active recording for labels such as Denon (Stravinskys The Rite of Spring and Debussy's L'apres-midi d'un faune-DVD audio), DaCapo (works by Paul von Klenau which received a Danish Grammy nomination), Classico (world premier of Poulencs Les animaux modele), Bridge Records (world premier of Poul Ruders Guitar Concerto, works by Ginastera, world premiere of Villa-Lobos ballet Emperor Jones, and Carl Nielsens Violin Concerto) and Silverline (Strauss Ein Heldenleben and Vier letzte Lieder-DVD audio). His latest release (spring 2009)included Mussourgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel orchestration) for the Danish label Danacord.
  • Jan Wagner currently holds the position of associate professor of music at Shenandoah University where he leads several instrumental ensembles and is the music director of the school's yearly opera production. He has also been serving as the artistic director of the Shenandoah Conservatory Performing Arts Festival, Shenandoah Performs, since the summer of 2004.
  • He is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria, where he completed his studies with Karl sterreicher and Gnther Theuring. He has furthered his studies with Murry Sidlin and Lawrence Foster as a Fellow Conductor at the Aspen Music Festival, and has participated in master classes with John Nelson, Leonard Slatkin and James Conlon.
  • Following his studies, he was the Top-Prize Winner at the 1994 Leopold Stokowski International Conducting Competition in New York and was the recipient of the 1994 Conducting Prize at the Aspen Music Festival. He has also served as assistant conductor to Lawrence Foster at the Aspen Music Festival and as assistant conductor to Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic.
  • Visit Jan Wagner's personal website at www.janguillermowagner.com