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Michael Avagliano has created a multifaceted career as conductor, performer, and educator. He serves as music director of the Central Jersey Symphony and the Summit Symphony, and is on the faculty of Drew University as director of the University Orchestra and violin professor. Mr. Avagliano is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor in the New York area and beyond. Recent and upcoming appearances include the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Light Opera of New Jersey, the Newburgh Symphony, the University of Oregon Symphony, the YPHIL International Youth Philharmonic, the Scuola Popolare di Testaccio in Rome, the Plainfield Symphony, and the Northern Dutchess Symphony.
"YPHIL includes more than 100 musicians from 70 different countries... Conductor Michael Avagliano brought together these musicians, who met only two weeks ago, with deceptive ease."
Susan Hall, Berkshire Fine Arts
Also an active violinist and violist, Mr. Avagliano has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. At Drew University, he also serves as the adjunct professor of violin and viola. He appears as soloist regularly in the region, including performances with the Monmouth Symphony, the Plainfield Symphony, The Bucks County Youth Orchestra, the Freelance Ensemble Artists, and the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey, as well as in solo recital engagements. Mr. Avagliano frequently works with several orchestras, including the Harrisburg and Allentown symphonies and the Strauss Symphony of America.
As a member of the critically acclaimed Madison String Quartet, Mr. Avagliano has performed on chamber series throughout the United States. Highlights of recent seasons include appearances at the Kenai Peninsula Festival in Alaska, the Ulster and Rhinebeck Chamber Series in New York, the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble series, and the Pennsylvania Consort. The quartet will make its European debut in Vienna in 2019 at the invitation of the Arnold Schoenberg Center.
Mr. Avagliano resides in New Jersey with his wife, violinist Evelyn Estava.
Under his leadership, the Central Jersey Symphony has drawn acclaim for a transformation in artistic achievement from audiences and critics alike. In the 2014 season, Mr. Avagliano conducted the orchestra’s first opera performances, collaborating with Light Opera of New Jersey for a fully staged production of Die Zauberflöte, followed by Donizetti's Don Pasquale in 2016 and Daughter of the Regiment in 2018. The CJSO also presented Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with FM Dance Company. Previously, the orchestra was a runner-up for The American Prize, awarded each year for excellence in orchestral performance.
"Michael Avagliano... conducted with expert hands-on attention, at ease and drawing the best timing and precision from his players. He brought to bear his wide background as a maestro."
James Cotter, Times Herald-Record
“The talented singers [were] supported by the glorious sound of the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Avagliano.”
New Jersey Examiner