Linus Lerner
Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil)

Oaxaca Opera Festival (Mexico)
Linus Lerner
Maestro Lerner is praised for bringing charismatic and passionate energies to music performances with a fluency that buoys audiences, listeners and performers alike.

Equally at home on the symphonic and choral podium, or in the opera pit, Maestro Lerner has conducted various groups in the United States, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, The Czech Republic, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey.

He is currently the Artistic Director of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra (SASO) - Tucson, USA; The Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte (OSRN) - Natal, Brazil; and the Oaxaca Opera Festival -Oaxaca, Mexico.

With SASO he prepares and conducts a season of over 10 concerts and has taking the orchestra on 2 tours in various cities in China as well as to Oaxaca, Mexico.

With OSRN he prepares and conducts a season of over 30 concerts from classical and educational to Pops concerts and recorded a CD of works from the Brazilian composer Tonheca Dantas.

From 2009 to 2013, he served as the the Artistic Director for the Bayou City Performing Arts (BCPA) - Houston, USA where he prepared and conducted innumerous performances closing his tenure with a debut at Carnegie Hall along with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra in May 2013.

In 2011 and 2013, Maestro Lerner served as artistic director of the Beijing Concert Hall Opera Festival culminating with performances with the world-renowned tenor Dai Yu Qiang.

past positions include: 

Associate conductor for The Opera in the Ozarks, The Tallahassee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and The University of Arizona Philharmonic. 

Assistant conductor for The Arizona Opera, The Florida State University Symphony Orchestra and Opera, The University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra and Opera. He was also founder and Artistic Director of The Southern Arizona Opera Company.

Guest conducting appearances in the US includes: Opera in the Heights, Brooklyn Opera Company, The University of Colorado Opera at Boulder, and The Wick Chamber Orchestra and Singers.

International guest conducting include: The Orchestra Nacional de Valles (Spain), The Symphony and Chamber Orchestras of Porto Alegre (Brazil), The International Opera Workshop (Bulgaria and The Czech Republic), The Solistas Ensamble del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and The Primavera Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), The National Film and Radio Orchestra (China), The Hunan Symphony Orchestra (China), The Fuzhou Symphony Orchestra (China), The Antalya Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), and The Tsingtao Symphony Orchestra (China)

With more than 20 years of experience also as a choral conductor, maestro Lerner serves as a clinician to various professional and community choruses, singers and conductors. Dr. Lerner’s organic, natural and kinetic approach to conducting and singing is proving to be very effective and efficient. 

Dr. Lerner completed his doctoral degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Arizona where he conducted the UA symphony orchestra in numerous symphonic performances and operas (Die Fledermaus, La Cenerentola, La Canterina, Die Zauberflote and The Merry Wives of Windsor) and led its 2002 Mexico tour. In addition to his D.M.A., he holds a master's degree in orchestral conducting from Florida State University where he was assistant conductor of the FSU Orchestras, leading the groups in various performances including the America Premiere of the opera Procedura Penale. He also holds a master's degree in voice performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he performed numerous operas, and he holds a bachelor's degree in choral conducting from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

With exceptional credentials, global perspective, versatility and creativity, Maestro Lerner continues to bring joy, musical introspection and appreciation to performers and audiences around the world.