German conductors have been highly-regarded in the United States since the first American orchestras were founded. They seem to exude natural authority when leading an orchestra through European master works. Today, Kurt Masur is the music director of the New York Philharmonic, Wolfgang Sawallisch has this position in Philadelphia, and Christoph von Dohnahny is Maestro at the Cleveland Orchestra. However, Americans have caught up since the time when their most prominent orchestras were founded. America's top conservatories are world-renowned, and by now, young American conductors are making their way in Germany. Steven Sloane is General Music Director in the city of Bochum, Hugh Wolff leads the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt, and in Wuppertal, George Hanson conducts the symphony orchestra which also plays in opera performances at the "Schillertheater Nordrheinwestfalen." Hanson is currently dwelling in the United States, since he has a second job as music director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in Arizona. Besides that, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic last week (Nov. 30.). Being a music director in both the Old and the New World, Hanson wants to instill in his orchestras the best of two worlds.
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