Music Director, Delaware Symphony
David Amado has been praised by the media, audiences and fellow musicians for his deep musical insight and visceral energy. These qualities have allowed Maestro Amado to reinvigorate the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, turning it into a premier regional orchestra during his short tenure. His innovative programming, his approachable demeanor and his natural and instinctive music-making make him a formidable musical presence.
Descended from a long line of fine musicians including his grandmother, violist Lillian Fuchs, and great-uncle, violinist Joseph Fuchs, David Amado continues his family’s tradition of making great music. He showed a predilection for music at a very early age, beginning piano lessons at age four. But it was not until his high school years that he became dedicated to a musical career, thanks to the galvanizing force of his teachers and peers in the Pre-College Division of Juilliard. David continued his college years at Juilliard, studying piano with Herbert Stessin while simultaneously exploring other facets of music, including the world of the orchestra.
Maestro Amado’s fascination with the orchestra led him to Indiana University, where he received his Master’s in Instrumental Conducting. After graduating he returned to New York to study again at Juilliard, but this time as a conductor with Otto-Werner Mueller. The following three years both reignited David’s dedication to musical excellence and groomed him for entry into the professional world.
David’s first job was an apprenticeship with the Oregon Symphony, followed by a six-year tenure with the Saint Louis Symphony in Missouri. While in Saint Louis, David was both the Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and staff conductor for the Saint Louis Symphony. David greatly expanded the types and number of concerts offered to young people, introducing symphonic music to 55,000 young people annually. In addition to his conducting duties, David was a producer for Arch Media, the Symphony’s own record label.
Maestro Amado is a prominent leader of the Delaware arts community. His unique and appealing programming, which blends familiar orchestral repertoire with modern pieces, has propelled the DSO to new artistic heights. In March of 2010, the orchestra released its first national and international recording on the Telarc label featuring the orchestra with Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. The recording debuted at number 11 on the Billboard charts and is garnering rave reviews, “The LAGQ’s account [of the Rodrigo] is…tense and exciting; the festive last movement in particular overflows with an affection and joie de vivre that is quite special…the excellent Delaware Symphony Orchestra…seize on the drama and exoticism inherent in the music, making it their own.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010.
Maestro Amado continues to be an enduringly popular figure in Saint Louis where he was the Associate Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) from 2001-2004. Recent highlights of his career include engagements with the Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony.
Maestro Amado lives in Wilmington with his wife, violinist Meredith Amado, and their three children.