George Hanson – Conductor of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Executive professional Scott Brittenham is the president, CEO, and cofounder of the Tucson-based company Clean Energy Capital, LLC. An enthusiastic fan of the Tucson Symphony, Scott Brittenham admires the work of orchestral conductor George Hanson, who is also a personal friend.

American conductor George Hanson is renowned for his groundbreaking work in the opera, solo piano, orchestra, and media genres. He currently works as the music director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, a tenure he has held since 1996.

Educated at the Vienna Academy of Music, George Hanson first received international acclaim as the first-prize winner of the Budapest International Conducting Competition, and shortly afterwards claimed the top prize at New York’s prestigious Stokowski Competition. Hanson then served Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra and Opera as the general music director for seven years, overseeing countless opera productions and producing award-winning recordings.

In 1996, Hanson accepted a position as the music director of the Tucson Symphony and has been instrumental in boosting the orchestra’s international reputation by inviting high-profile guest soloists to perform and planning concerts with dynamic and innovative repertoire. Hanson will leave the TSO at the end of the 2014-2015 season to further his European career in the field of opera conducting, although he intends to return to Tucson as a musical director laureate.


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