- Marc Taddei
Charismatic and inspiring young American conductor Marc Taddei is enjoying a surge in popularity as the passion and attitude he brings to performances becomes ever more widely known. He is sought after by every professional orchestra in New Zealand – both in live concerts and in the studio – making him by far the busiest conductor in the country, and his expanding list of international debuts speaks to the increasing recognition he is garnering as a major conducting talent overseas. After many years as Music Director of the Christchurch Symphony, he has taken up his new position in 2007 as Music Director of the Vector Wellington Orchestra in New Zealand’s capital city.
Within New Zealand Marc is known as a champion of contemporary music, and works closely with most if not all of the country’s leading composers. He premiered and toured Gareth Farr’s ballet The Wedding in 2006, conducted New Zealand’s largest orchestral recording project, View from Olympus by John Psathas with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with dozens of other New Zealand composers. In 2005, his groundbreaking Christchurch Arts Festival concert featured 2 hours of 5 contemporary New Zealand composers and was attended by 1500 people.
That innovative programme, with compositions by Eve de Castro Robinson, Harry Harrison, David Downes, Cris Cree-Brown and Anthony Ritchie, and contemporary multimedia interplay from Roger Horrocks, Rick Harvie, Julia Morrison, and Grahame Sydney, caused critic Ian Dando to observe: “Taddei’s message in this concert is to “celebrate the state of our arts without any cringe – that our artists are world-class”. Christchurch could say the same of Taddei’s bold programme. He has extended the city’s musical taste to an adventurous point where backtracking to its conservative past is no longer an option.”