Our 2017 season will mark Maestro Jinbo’s twenty-second year as Music Director of the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival. He previously served as Associate Music Director to Charles Bruck and has enjoyed an affiliation with the school since 1983. As only the third music director in the school’s 74 year history history, he follows his mentor Charles Bruck and the school’s founder Pierre Monteux. Jinbo is also the Music Director of the Nittany Valley Symphony (PA), and for four seasons served as Assistant Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony. During his tenure with the North Carolina Symphony, he performed some 60-75 concerts each season, including classical, ballet, pops and educational programs.
Maestro Jinbo has appeared as guest conductor in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland and Germany, and has performed with a wide range of artists, including pianist Garrick Ohlsson, violinist Kyoko Takezawa, prima ballerina assoluta Galina Mezentseva and the St. Petersburg Ballet of Russia, and the late Cab Calloway.
Jinbo received a B.A. in Music from The University of Chicago and an M.M. in Conducting from Northwestern University School of Music. In addition to his training at The Monteux School, he received further conducting training at the Herbert Blomstedt Institute, the Scotia Festival of Music, and at workshops of the American Symphony Orchestra League and the Conductors Guild. He has twice been appointed to serve on the instrumental music panel of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Michael Jinbo is also a violinist, and has appeared as soloist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, among others. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, he currently resides in Augusta, Maine.
Maestro Jinbo’s students have said:
“Michael Jinbo is a wonderful, gifted teacher… his passion is palpable”
“…the individual who best links the greatness of the School’s past to its future”
“…destined to be a great teacher in the spirit and tradition of Monteux and Bruck”
“I have never had a teacher who has been able to reach me as profoundly…”
“…a man of great musical integrity, a spiritually and intellectually stimulating conductor, and a truly inspiring teacher”
“I have had many teachers in my life… he is the first I could call a mentor.“