Luis G. Biava is principal cello of Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He is music director of Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Dublin, and conductor of Camarata and New Albany Symphony Orchestra (NASO). He studied conducting with, among others, Howard Halgedahl at Interlochen; Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School, Hancock, ME; and David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at Aspen Music Festival where he conducted a Shostakovich Violin Concerto with Sarah Chang. During his three seasons at Aspen he also served as principal cellist of the Aspen Festival Academy Orchestra.


Luis has conducted CSO, Doc Severinsen, and the Rochester Philharmonic, and has toured his native Colombia with the Colombia National Symphony. In May 2007, Luis conducted the Newark-Granville Symphony in a program that included Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with his aunt, pianist Blanca Uribe as soloist. In June 2008, he conducted performances of the Salieri opera, Prima la musica e poi le parole coupled with Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor inSan Juan, Puerto Rico. In June 2009 he conducted La bohème in Philadelphia. In June 2010, Luis traveled south to conduct the Guatemala National Symphony. Highlights of NASO concerts in the 2010–2011 season included performances of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 with Chee Yun, Mahler’s Symphony No 1, and Saint Saëns Carnival of the Animals. On March 20, 2011, NASO presented Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, conducted by Luis O. Biava (Luis’s father) with Ariane Sletner (Luis’s wife) violin, Blanca Uribe (his aunt) piano, and Luis, cello. The gala program included a Mozart serenade and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, both conducted by Luis G. The NASO’s October 16 concert included Karen Gomyo in Beethoven’s violin concerto, and Brahms Symphony No.1.


Maestro Biava has exposed MCO to compositions that we often have to stretch to play, but which are interesting, exciting, and extremely rewarding. His musicianship is outstanding. He is demanding and exacting, but also has immense patience for a group of players possessing a wide range of ability. Ultimately, he is somehow able to coax the orchestra into creditable and well received performances.

Mr. Biava's Cellist Biography

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