Eric Dale Knapp - Biography
International Haydn Festival -
Artistic Director and Conductor
…is a dynamic conductor whose commitment and energy empower the musicians he leads to give
performances that stir the souls of his audiences. Maestro Knapp’smastery of the repertoire
spans the full spectrum, from fresh yet authentic interpretations of traditional works to
visionary performances of multimedia works of the new millennium. A versatile musical leader,
equally adept with Classics and Pops, Knapp’s finely honed ability to communicate through
both gesture and speech place him at the forefront of the rising conductors of his generation.
As Artistic Director and Conductor of the New Jersey Choral Society, Mr. Knapp has led NJCS to
critical acclaim at home and abroad. He is also Conductor of the Connecticut Choral Society &
Orchestra, Music Director for the Mark Thallander Foundation in Los Angeles, and Artistic Advisor
for Kingsway International. Mr. Knapp is the founder and Music Director of Orchestra de
Camerata and serves as Artistic Director of Chamber Music at Salisbury House, Des Moines, IA.
He appeared as Artistic Director and Conductor of Voices in the House, with concerts at Town
Hall and the Sydney Opera House in July 2006, and continues as Artistic Director of the Voices in
the House International Festival in Sydney, Australia. From 1999-2007, Mr. Knapp was
Conductor-in-Residence at MidAmerica Productions, where he conducted the New England
Symphonic Ensemble and Festival Chorus annually at Carnegie Hall, and served as cover
conductor for John Rutter. Mr. Knapp has appeared at distinctive concert halls worldwide
including Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, Shanghai’s Oriental Art Center, The
Forbidden City Concert Hall, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Dvorak Hall and Vienna’s
Maestro Knapp led the North American Festival Chorus, Tianjin Conservatory Chorus and the
Tianjin Symphony Orchestra in concerts of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 - July 2009. These
concerts were presented in celebration of the 2008 Beijing Olympics as the finale to the Perform
in Harmony with Olympic Spirit Festival produced by KIconcerts in Beijing and Shanghai, China.
Recent events and appearances include the 2005 European concert tour with the New Jersey
Choral Society, conducting the Hastings Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, the annual Mark
Thallander Foundation Choral Festival at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles,
the PBS Television special From Galway to Broadway, as well as the New England Symphonic
Ensemble and Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall. Most notably the American Gospel Music
Festival at Carnegie Hall with the American Festival Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The event
was met with critical acclaim. Honors include the Drake Award for career development and the
subsequent appointment as a Drake Fellow for graduate study in conducting. He is a graduate of
Drake University and has studied at The Juilliard School. Mr. Knapp is represented by Wade
Artist Management – New York, NY.
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