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DAVID HATTNER is the Conductor and Music Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. He is only the fifth music director in the 84-year history of the orchestra, and the first to be born in America. Reviewing his November, 2008 debut concert with the orchestra, The Oregonian wrote:

The Portland Youth Philharmonic roared like a Maserati. . .The route was challenging, the execution distinguished and the ride delightful. . Hattner (is) a conductor with an ear for momentum and drama.. .His choice of music. . .provoked the orchestra into some terrific playing.

"David Hattner conducted a calmly authoritative performance. . ." wrote Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times, reviewing a 2006 performance of Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light with the Ensemble Sospeso, Anonymous 4 and the New Amsterdam Singers at New York's Winter Garden. The performance was broadcast on WNYC radio on March 2nd and can still be heard in the New Sounds online archive.

Other guest appearances have been with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and Ensemble Sospeso. In 2007 he appeared as conductor in Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and Sao Paulo, Brazil, conducting live performances of Jason Staczek’s score to Guy Maddin’s silent film Brand Upon the Brain. He also recently conducted in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio. David Hattner is one of very few conductors to have been invited three times to participate in the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, studying with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin, among others in 2003, 2005 and 2006. A noted clarinetist, David Hattner has been the principal clarinetist of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Opera Theater and the Cascade Festival of Music. He has also played with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras and Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Long Island, New Haven and Key West. His solo CD, The Clarinetist Composer, was released in 2001 to enthusiastic critical acclaim, and is available from Northbranch Records, on the web at www.northbranchrecords.com.. Mr. Hattner made his Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ debut at Alice Tully Hall in November, 1996, in the American premiere presentation of Isang Yun’s Quintet #2 for Clarinet & Strings. David Hattner is an honors graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied with the late Robert Marcellus.
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