Now in his 21st season with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Guy Victor Bordo has enjoyed a long and exciting relationship with the orchestra and the community. In the past 20 years, the RSO has built a strong reputation for innovative programming and attracted many fine musicians in the region. Because of the outstanding skill and musicianship of the orchestra members, Mr. Bordo has the freedom to explore the repertoire by programming challenging works, both classical and contemporary.
Mr. Bordo also holds the position of Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Akron School of Music. In this role, he conducts the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra, the New Music Ensemble, and teaches Advanced Conducting. Last season featured performances of works by Respighi, Copland, Stravinsky, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Wagner, Foss, Bates, and Mazzoli. In 2015, the UASO was featured in a series of Children’s Concerts sponsored by Akron’s Children’s Concert Society that included over 3500 children. The University Symphony Orchestra performs a wide range of repertoire with many featured faculty soloists, as well as residencies and performances with renowned composers Randy Newman and Marvin Hamlisch; pianists Michael Chertock and Spencer Myer; violinists Maria Bachmann, Ilya Kaler, Andres Cardenes; and cellist Andres Diaz
As Music Director of The University of Akron New Music Ensemble, Mr. Bordo programs a wide range of repertoire from contemporary composers. In the past three seasons, the NME has premiered a number of works by UA faculty and students, as well as performing works by Stuart Greenbaum, John Cage, Lou Harrison, John Luther Adams, Edgard Varese, and David Lang.
Having a strong interest in bringing new music to the Richmond audience, Mr. Bordo and the RSO have presented a wide range of compositions by living composers. A highlight in this area was the October 2001 residency of the great American composer John Corigliano. The RSO, with soloist Maria Bachmann, performed his composition Chaconne from the film The Red Violin, for which he won an Academy Award.
At home with a wide variety of styles and concert formats, Mr. Bordo has conducted prominent soloists including Yakov Kasman, Ilya Kaler, Lorin Hollander, Andres Cardenes, Anton Nel, Steven Burns, William Wolfram, and Lorraine Min, as well as popular artists Aretha Franklin, Marvin Stamm, The Beach Boys, and Wynonna Judd.
From 2006-2015 Mr. Bordo was Music Director/Conductor of Akron Baroque, a professional, self-governing orchestra with musicians from Akron, Canton and Cleveland. Active as a guest conductor, Mr. Bordo made his European debut in 1994 with the Lithuanian National Opera Theatre in Vilnius, conducting Verdi’s La Traviata. He was invited to return in 1997 where he conducted the State Symphony Orchestra, the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, and the Kaunas Opera Theatre in a production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Additional engagements include Light Opera Works in Chicago and orchestras in Lexington (KY), Cheyenne (WY), Waterloo/Cedar Falls (IA), Fort Collins (CO), the Westshore (MI) Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Elmhurst Symphony (IL), the Cleveland Philharmonic, and the Akron Symphony Orchestra.
In the summer of 2016 Mr. Bordo conducted the Symphony Orchestra at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. In August of 2017 he appears as guest conductor with the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI in a program including the music of Falla, Zoghbi, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Massenet. This season also includes a return appearance with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.
Mr. Bordo earned a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting as a student of Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, as well as Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has studied conducting with Gustav Meier at the Tanglewood Music Center; Carl St. Clair, Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra; and Elizabeth Green, author of The Modern Conductor.
Mr. Bordo takes great pride in the accomplishments and artistic quality of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. He is particularly proud of the stability of the RSO and the recent expansion of the audience, as well as the evolution of the repertoire performed by the RSO and the adventurous musical tastes of the Richmond audience.