Glen Barton Cortese celebrates his twelfth season at Manhattan School of Music, where he has served as Resident Conductor, Director of Orchestral Studies and most recently was named Principal,Conductor. He is also in his 14th season as Music Director of the New York Chamber Sinfonia. He has appeared as guest conductor both in the United States and abroad with the Symphonies of Austin, New Jersey, North Carolina, Bangor, Meridian, Queens, New Amsterdam, The New Orleans Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfonia Carlos Chavez, Noorhollands Philharmonisch, and the Altenburg Landeskappelle Orkest. Mr. Cortese covered as assistant conductor to the New York Philharmonic from 1990-92 for Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirkanov, Erich Leinsdorf, Zdenek Macal and Cristof Perick. In July of 1993, he was invited to guest conduct a reading with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. In February of 1993, he traveled to Minsk where he was invited as the first American guest conductor of the Belarus State Philharmonic in the newly-formed country. In August 1994, Mr. Cortese began his tenure as Music Director of the East-West International Symphony Orchestra in Altenburg, Germany. He has conducted twenty-seven concerts and an opera in five seasons with the orchestra, comprised of advanced conservatory students from ten nations. His work at Manhattan School of Music has included the School's debut performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and City Center as well as the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra's first performance on Live from Lincoln Center.
His opera credits include guest conductor with the Florida Grand Opera, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival Opera Theater, the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, the East-West International Opera Theater, and the New York City Opera. In January 1994, he conducted the world premiere of a new operatic comedy How to Make Love by Lawrence Widdoes. He has conducted at numerous summer festivals including Chautauqua, Bowdoin the American Dance Festival, The New York Music Institute and the Brevard Music Center. His work in education is extensive, conducting community outreach programs, educational concerts and children's videos on classical music.
Mr. Cortese has conducted concerti and solo works with many renowned performers, including: Ransom Wilson, Sharon Isbin, Ruth Laredo, Nathaniel Rosen, Glenn Dicterow, Dawn Upshaw and Sylvia McNair. A strong advocate of new music, he has conducted works in direct collaboration with composers such as Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Richard Danielpour, Peter Maxwell Davies, Lukas Foss, Hans Wemer Henze, and Ralph Shapey. For six consecutive years - 1993 through 1998- he has been a recipient of the ASCAP New and Adventuresome Programming Award for his work at Manhattan School of Music.