21 Oct 2018

John Axelrod celebrates Berstein's Centennial with the Prague Radio Symphony

Great enthusiasm for the opening concert of the Prague Symphony Orchestra season which saw John Axelrod celebrate Leonard Bernstein's Anniversary with the Chichester Psalms alongside Mahler's 4th Symphony: "John Axelrod showed a deep understanding of the composing world of both: in Mahler's Fourth Symphony he brought out the sweet and bizarre aspects, the intensity and unpredictability of the contrasts were never exaggerated, maintaining the pastoral tone; he then made Bernstein's Chichester Psalms distinctive in their deep emotion and external enchantment" writes Petr Veber on

24 Sep 2018

John Axelrod debuts with Filarmonica della Scala

On Monday 24/09 John Axelrod will make his own debut with the Filarmonica della Scala, with a concert mainly dedicated to Bernstein, celebrating 100th birthday of the composer with whom John Axelrod has studied. In the program, also a few works by Berio, including the Sinfonia for voices and instruments performed by The Swingles.
The concert will be live broadcasted on Radio3 Rai

31 Aug 2018

Japanese Summer for John Axelrod

While waiting for the next intense concerts' season, John Axelrod will be conducting quite often in Japan during the summer.
After beeing invited by Valery Gergiev as Principal Conductor at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, with concerts mainly dedicated to Mahler and Bernstein, on 31 August John Axelrod will be conducting the prestigious NHKSO in Tokyo with a program mostly dedicated to Bernstein, Axelrod's former professor.
More infos at the link.

28 Jun 2018

Breaking news! JOHN AXELROD conducts the BR Symphonieorchester

JOHN AXELROD conducts this week the Symphonieorchester of the Bayerischen Rundfunks:

June 28 & 29
Barber – Adagio
Stravinsky – Chant Funébre Op. 5
Shostakovich – Symphony N. 13

As Music and Artistic Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, John Axelrod has achieved an impressive success especially with his interpretations of Mahler, Shostakovich, Brahms and Bernstein Symphonies:

Historic Shostakovich of the ROSS
Shostakovich's interpretation of Leningrad was truly historic. Axelrod's direction proved to be very expert and intense, offering an accurate play of contrasts between the orchestral mass and more chamber music, and printing a character of expressive crescendo throughout the symphony.

15 Jun 2018

John Axelrod between Sevilla and Belgrade

A very intense June for John Axelrod, with three concerts in Sevilla with the Real Orquestra Sinfonica (where he is GM, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor) and a new invitation to conduct the Belgrade Philharmonic (Friday 15 June).
John Axelrod in indeed an extremely versitile conductor, always proposing intresting programs: within a few weeks he will be conducting a really wide repertoire, with a huge presence of US composers (among them Bernstein in the 100 birth annyversary), a special attetion to rarerly performed works, and a specific focus on Shostakovich, already followed by amazing reviews on the Spanish press. 

8 Feb 2018

Two projects for John Axelrod with Orchestra Rai in Torino

Next week John Axelrod will be conducting Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai in Torino for two extremly interesting projects. 

On Thursday 8 February, for the first time at Auditorium Rai, a symphonic concert will become also a ballett, starring Roberto Bolle in Apollon Musagète by Igor Stravinskij. The project is produced in collaboration with Teatro alla Scala in Milan and it will be brodcasted on Italian tv channel Rai 5 on the 8th March.
In the second part, John Axelrod will conduct the Orchestra Rai in a "dance program" including works by Gluck and Stravinskij.ète/39685/default.aspx

On Sunday 11 February John Axelrod will be also conducting the traditional Carnival Concert of Orchestra Rai, involving for the first time the famous duo Igudesman & Joo with their show A Big Nightmare Music, where some very famous classical works are ironically "revised", involving also some members of the orchestra. In th second half, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche by Richard Strauss, Flowers Waltz by Pëtr Il’ Čajkovskij and the Ouverture and Can Can from Orphée aux Enfers by Jacques Offenbach will complete the Carnival Concert program, live broadcasted on Rai-Radio 3.


1 Dec 2017

John Axelrod debuts with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

After the recent successes in Torino with Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI and at the Operahouse in Florence with Traviata, John Axelrod is now ready to make his conducting debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December). Maestro Axelrod will be conducting an engaging program, including some very famous works taken from John Williams' "Star Wars" soundtracks, introduced by a presenter and followed on the stage by a few galactic characters of the movies.
The Saturday concert (h 20.15) will be live broadcasted in stremaing.
More infos here and on the artist's website.

2 Nov 2017


John Axelrod is back in Turin to conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai in a wonderful program, including some works of Leonard Bernstein, a real point of reference for the US conductor, and Sinfonia by Luciano Berio, composed 50 years ago and dedicated to Bernstein.
For the Berio piece, on the stage with Maestro Axelrod and the Orchestra RAI, The Swingles Singers, involved also in the very first performance in 1968.
The concert will be held at the Auditorium RAI on Thursday 2nd November as well as live broadcasted on Radio3 and then repeated on Friday 3rd November.
Here more informations.

5 Oct 2017


After the successfull season's opening with "his" ROSS (Real Orquestra Sinfonica de Sevilla) on 22 September, John Axelrod is back to Milan to conduct the Orchestra Verdi which he has a wonderful and longlasting relationship with, as he has also been Principal Guest Conductor. 
On 5, 6 and 8 October Maestro Axelrod will conduct La Verdi in a very intense and emotional program, with music by Takemitsu, Strauss and Mahler.
At the beginning of October, John Axelrod was at Teatro La Fenice in Venezia to conduct another wonderful concert, which has been also recorded and which will be released soon on CD.
After Milan, on 19, 20 and 21 October Maestro Axelrod will conduct in Groningen the Noord Nederlands Orkest, one of the major dutch orchestras, in a program with Glinka, Shostakovich, Ligeti and Rachmaninov.

2 Sep 2017


An intense japanese period for John Axelrod, who has recently conducted with great success the outstanding NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and who will be in Kyoto for two concerts (2 and 3 September) with the famous Kyoto Symphony Orchestra.
Always keen on proposing very variuos programs, in Tokyo he conducted US composers such as Bernstein and Chick Chorea, while in Kyoto he will be conducting a very inspiring repertoire with music by Takemitsu, R. Strauss, Berlioz.

1 Jul 2017


Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Real Orquestra Sinfónica de Sevilla (ROSS), John Axelrod has been appointed also General Mangager of the Orchestra, strenghthening a long-lasting professional and personal relationship with the Spanish orchestra.
Before being back to Sevilla (07 July), John Axelrod will conduct in Grafenegg (01 July) a concert named "I got rhythm", including music by Gershwin, Shostakovich and Duke Ellington, three composers particoulary closed to Axelrod musical sensitivity.

Here the news about the new appointment at ROSS.
For more info about the Grafenegg concert click here.

10 Jun 2017


On Saturday 10th and Sunday, 11th June at the Teatro Malibran in Venice with the Teatro La Fenice Orchestra, John Axelrod will conduct "Veronica Franco", melologist for reciting voice, soprano and orchestra composed by Fabio Vacchi and dedicated to the figure of the Venetian poetress and courtesan lived in the 16th century.

The work, is intended as a tribute to the women's inner strength and will be devoted on this occasion to the memory of the journalist Laura Dubini.