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Killington Music Festival announces new artistic director

KILLINGTON - The Killington Music Festival is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Daniel Andai as the new artistic director.
Daniel Andai has served on the violin faculty of the Killington Music Festival and performed to rave reviews in the festival's Music in the Mountains concert series for several years. His outstanding talent, experience, and musical sensitivity bring a unique strength to the position.  The Killington Music Festival is especially proud of his accomplishments since he is a festival alumnus and product of the residency program. Proven to be one of the most popular faculty members at the festival, he has been consistently ranked by many of the students as an inspiring mentor and exceptional teacher.

Hailed by The New York Times as an "Exemplary Leader" for leading members of the New York Philharmonic and the Manhattan School of Music in Carnegie Hall, Daniel Andai has shared his versatile artistry as a soloist, recitalist, concertmaster, chamber musician, conductor and recording artist across five continents, the Middle East, the Caribbean and over 30 United States.

Daniel Andai is an international competition prize winner who has soloed with orchestras in Europe, Russia, North, South and Central Americas. Currently concertmaster and frequent guest conductor and soloist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), he is the founder of the MISO Special Development Program, a scholarship driven orchestra training program for aspiring young artists.

Previously concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in New York, he toured extensively as a soloist and recorded the billboards highly rated SONY Record CD's.  He has led orchestras as guest concertmaster in the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, France and Switzerland, performed in the sections of the New York Philharmonic and Miyazaki Orchestra in Japan, and was first violinist of the touring Vols String Quartet.

Dr. Andai is the violin professor at the University of Texas Pan American and former Marialice Shivers Endowed Chair in Fine Arts. Prior appointments include faculty positions at the New World School of the Arts and Miami-Dade College.

The Killington Music Festival is looking forward to Daniel Andai joining the organization as they celebrate 32 years of high quality music, education and performance.

The festival plans to expand next summer's chamber music program to include an orchestra program of highly skilled international master teachers and performers.