Jerry Weiss, General Director
Jerry Weiss was chosen to lead the Orlando Symphony Orchestra in 2003 following the retirement of the Orchestra’s founder, Hamilton Bartlett. Mr Weiss attended the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto and the University of Toronto. He performed with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and as concertmaster of the Niagara Symphony. His work with the John Arpin Trio led to engagements in the commercial recording industry. He moved to the US to perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic for 8 years. In Florida Mr Weiss has performed as concertmaster of numerous Broadway musicals, and has been a member of many ensembles, including the Niagara Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Florida Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, the ARTPARK Orchestra, Flagler Symphony, Palm Beach Pops, and others.
David Handel, Music Director
David Handel’s passionate artistic leadership and engaging personality have made him a favorite with orchestras and audiences on four continents.
A disciple of Kurt Masur and Gustav Meier, he was named Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia at an early age. Building that institution into a model of artistic and organizational growth has led him on to further appointments in Argentina, Chile, the Russian Federation and now as Music Director of the Orlando Symphony Orchestra in the United States.
The legendary Pepe Romero described him as “…one of the best conductors with whom I have had the pleasure to collaborate … His great musicality, human touch, technical mastery and intelligence makes it possible for him to elevate the level of any orchestra ..”
His close ties with orchestras around the world reflect his deep commitment to colleagues and communities, reaching across cultural barriers, and electrifying orchestras and audiences alike.