The multiple award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar appears on over one hundred recordings for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine and Marco Polo labels. He has served as artistic director and principal conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) (2005–2014) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (1994–2004). In the 2011–12 season he began his tenure as the artistic director and principal conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela. An avid chamber musician, he served as the artistic director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music from 1990 to 2006. Since 2005 he has been the artistic director of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival. Highlights of recent seasons have included a four-week, twenty-concert tour of the United States with the Czech Symphony Orchestra and guest conducting engagements including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Symphony Orchestra of Wales, English Chamber Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He has collaborated with major artists including James Galway, Shlomo Mintz, Jessye Norman, Lynn Harrell, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Mstislav Rostropovich, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade.
Currently Music Director and Conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra (a summer music festival based in Breckenridge, CO) and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Sandusky (OH), Carl Topilow was recently named Faculty Emeritus after 37 years as Conductor and Director of the Orchestral Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), He continues as principal instructor of the masters program in orchestral conducting.
Topilow has performed as guest conductor with 125 different orchestras in 37 states and 12 foreign countries. In addition to his appearance in Bakersfield, this season he also conducts orchestras in Allentown (PA), Bakersfield (CA) Charlotte (NC), Fort Worth (TX), and Lake Charles (LA).
Topilow is most proud of the accomplishments of his students. Graduates of his program in orchestral conducting at CIM hold or have held positions with the following orchestras:
Annapolis Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Orchestra of Limoges (France), Louisville Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica de Minas Gerais (Brazil), Ohio Light Opera, Richmond Symphony, Opera Saratoga, and the US Army Band "Pershing's Own."
His website, www.carltopilow.com, contains articles reflecting his experience as conductor for many works in the standard repertoire as well as articles on rehearsing, accompanying, auditioning, and pops concerts. In addition, the power point presentations which he uses for performances are available for all.