Edward Cumming

conductor
biography
               

Edward Cumming is Director of Orchestral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at The Hartt School. For nine years, he was Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, hailed for its remarkable artistic growth during his tenure. His appointment came after a two- year search process involving nearly 300 applicants from around the world.

Before coming to Hartford, Cumming was Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, where he stepped in on short notice to conduct a program of which the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, "some conductors could not do as well even with months to prepare." As Resident Conductor of the Florida Orchestra, Cumming conducted a recording of the "Star Spangled Banner" with Whitney Houston and the Florida Orchestra for Super Bowl XXV.

Cumming has taught at colleges all over the country, including Pacific University, California State University (Fullerton), University of South Florida, The Hartt School, and Yale
University. During his time in Pittsburgh, he was Music Director of the nationally acclaimed Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, one of only five orchestras invited to the biennial National Youth Orchestra Festival. He was the founding Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Institute, and has also taught at the Orange County High School for the Arts. In Europe, Mr. Cumming has led orchestras in Spain, the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Serbia, and Italy. He has conducted ensembles throughout the United States, in Asia, and in Israel. Last year, he made his South American debut with the Filarmónica de Bogotá. Mr. Cumming studied at Yale University, where he received a Doctorate in Music. As an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley, he was awarded the prestigious Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement in the Arts. In May 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College.

As an orchestra leader, Mr. Cumming has distinguished himself for his remarkable ability to connect directly with listeners. At a time when many orchestras are struggling to grow their audiences, Cumming distinguishes himself for regularly attracting hundreds of people to arrive early for his pre-concert talks. In Tampa/St. Petersburg, his Champagne/Coffee concerts were wildly popular in large part due to the maestro's conversational style, inviting his audiences to listen to music in new and inventive ways.


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Reviews
Cumming Returns as Guest Conductor
2014-05-10 Hartford Courant, Hartford
"Cumming conducted without a score, which gave him an unbroken visual contact withthe orchestra. This music [Dvorak's Sixth Symphony] is much more complex than its welcoming persona makes apparent.  Its textures shift quickly and decisions concerning their relationships abound. Cumming made great decisions.
The third movement had a frenetic ending that was given brilliant energy by Cummin. The finale worked into sustained celebration and the presto on the final pages of the sccire.' featured amazing string playing.... It was a brilliant and fiery close to a memorable evening of music.
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    (Jeffrey Johnson)
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     Tampa Tribune, Tampa
    "A Florida Orchestra highlight this season was the revival of William Walton's exceptional Symphony no. 1 by resident conductor Edward Cumming, who memorized the score and crafted a strong, glowing performance. Cumming conducted without a score -- or a baton - and made clear his affinity for this music.         ---
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       Arizona Sun, Flagstaff
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      Cumming led his forces in a performance of [Beethoven's] Ninth that will be remembered for a long time . . . in the end, it just may have been the greatest concert in the 33-year history of the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts.
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         Orange County Register, Santa Ana, California
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        Cumming led à la Stokowski: batonless, his hands carving and shaping the sounds freely and fluidly. He let the music speak for itself, and it did so eloquently.                               --- 

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           Hartford Courant, Hartford
          "The Hartford Symphony Orchestra plays beyond the technical requirements of the music, beyond the expectations of the profession . . . and with a sense of joy.I can imagine no better monument to a conductor.   ---
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             Knoxville MetroPulse, Knoxville
            "Ebullient audiences aside, Cumming apparently earned the admiration of a group even harder to impress --- the musicians themselves.
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