George Manahan

George Manahan

Music Director, American Composers Orchestra;
Director of Orchestral Studies, Manhattan School of Music


George Manahan was the right man for the job: a seasoned leader with a flair for coordinating dramatic works, not least from his New York City Opera tenure... he drew an appropriately weighty introduction from his young players; pert, springy outer movements framed a lissome Andante. —Steve Smith, New York Times, March 24, 2012 Manhattan School of Music "Double Feature: New Music With Old Soul"

"Mr. Manahan and the orchestra gave a mesmerizing account of this fiercely original music." —Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, March 28, 2011 - NYCO's 'Monodramas'

“What a difference it makes to hear the piece performed by an opera conductor who palpably believes in it…the fervent and sensitive performance that Mr. Manahan presided over made the best case for this opera that I have encountered.” —Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, January 16, 2009 - NYCO's 'Anthony and Cleopatra' at Carnegie Hall


As Current Music Director of the American Composers Orchestra, as well as the Music Director of the Portland Opera (OR), the wide-ranging and versatile George Manahan has had an esteemed career embracing everything from opera to the concert stage, the traditional to the contemporary. In addition, he continues his commitment to working with young musicians as Director of Orchestral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music as well as guest conductor at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Mr. Manahan is the 2012 winner of the Ditson Conductor's Award, established in . . .

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