Concert Strings Conductor
Gregory Maldonado holds degrees from USC (D.M.A. in Musicology), CSULB (M.M. in Orchestra Conducting), and UCLA (B.A. in Violin/Viola Performance), as well as a Nevada Teaching License (7th-12th Grades). He has taught for over 30 years at many Universities and Colleges, including University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the College of Southern Nevada, USC, UCLA, CSU Long Beach, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, University of San Diego, and Riverside Community and Long Beach Community Colleges.
Dr. Maldonado has over 30 years’ experience conducting professional ensembles and has also performed on the Violin and Viola for over 40 years in many professional orchestras. He was Principal Conductor and Leader of the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, a critically acclaimed period-instrument ensemble, for nearly two decades. During his tenure with L. A. Baroque, Maestro Maldonado worked with many international artists, such as Christopher Hogwood, Monica Huggett, Ton Koopman, Reinhard Goebel, Trevor Pinnock, and Friedemann Immer. He performed for the annually Las Vegas televised Latin Academy of Recording Arts/Latin Person of the Year Award, as well as for the 2015 International Star Trek Convention at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas.
He has taught violin and viola privately to children and adults for over 35 years and has also taught group string classes and fundamentals of music theory to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students at elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as private music academies. He maintains a studio of private string students throughout the Vegas Valley, many of whom are Concertmaster and Principal of their Middle and High School Orchestras, as well as first chair players of their various youth, honor, and festival orchestras. Dr. Maldonado is a Clark County School District Teacher and has directed the Orchestra Program at Brinley Middle School, Las Vegas. He is currently Director of Orchestras at West Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, and has been appointed Director for the Concert Strings division of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra for their 2016-17 through 2018-19 seasons; he also served as Violin Coach for LVYO’s Philharmonic during their 2015-16 season.
Dr. Maldonado was a judge for the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards for twenty-six years, and, in addition to being a Guest Clinician for the Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival and Southern Utah String Festival, he has been a frequent adjudicator for the Clark County School District/Nevada Music Educators Association, for the Silver State String Competition, Nevada Music Teachers Association, Las Vegas Youth Orchestras, Nevada Chamber Symphony’s “Invitation to Play,” Henderson Symphony’s Young Artist Competition, California Music Educators Association, American String Teachers Association, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, The Young Musicians Foundation, Long Beach Mozart Festival, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the John C. Walker Music Competition, and has served as a panelist for the Santa Monica Arts Commission and California Arts Council. He is an AFM Local 369 member and has appeared as a Guest Conductor with the Nouveau Chamber Ballet, and San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi, RCM, Centaur, and Rococo labels.