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Conductor and Professor Arthur Fagen

Peter Jacobi interviews Arthur Fagen, professor of music in orchestral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music.

Arthur Fagen leaning on handrails, looking at camera, iin white turtleneck and dark jacket

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Arthur Fagen

I think that my job is basically twofold. To bring the orchestra to the highest possible level, and as an interpreter of whichever piece I’m doing. To bring both the interpretation, and the orchestral performance—bring it as far along as I can.

A former assistant conductor to Christoph von Dohnanyi at the Frankfurt Opera and James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera, Arthur Fagen has an opera repertoire of more than seventy works.

On the orchestral podium, he has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, among many others.

He has recorded several labels, including Naxos, for which he has completed the six symphonies of Bohuslav Martinů.

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