UCLA Philharmonia is the flagship orchestra of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and one of Southern California’s premiere training orchestras. Focusing on both the core symphonic and operatic repertoire, and the best in contemporary and rarely-performed works, it performs two or three different programs each quarter, Prof. Neal Stulberg has led the ensemble since 2005. UCLA Philharmonia is a for-credit course and is composed almost entirely of music majors; qualified non-majors may also audition for violin and other positions as needed. General auditions for UCLA Philharmonia are held at the beginning of each Fall Quarter. Philharmonia’s first three commercial CDs – a Yarlung Records release of previously unrecorded orchestral works by Viennese émigré composer Eric Zeisl (2012); a world-premiere Sono Luminus recording of works by Mohammed Fairouz (2014); and a Naxos recording of Ian Krouse’s “Armenian Requiem” (2019) – are available on Apple Music, amazon.com, Naxos Music Library and other retail outlets.
Rehearsal: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:05 to 5:50 PM
Director: Neal Stulberg
Neal Stulberg has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta, Houston, Saint Louis and San Francisco Symphonies, Netherlands Radio Symphony, West German Radio Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as opera and ballet conductor with New York City, San Francisco and Netherlands Ballets, Long Beach Opera, Norwegian National Ballet and Hollands Diep Opera Company. His performances of Mozart concerti conducted from the keyboard are uniformly praised for their buoyant virtuosity. For West German Radio, he has recorded orchestral and solo piano works of Lazare Saminsky, Alexander Veprik and Mikhail Gnessin.
Formerly assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Carlo Maria Giulini and music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, he is a recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, America’s most coveted conducting prize.