American conductor James Gaffigan was appointed chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2010, and he recently concluded his tenure as principal guest conductor of Cologne’s Gurzenich Orchestra. He also works with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In the U.S., he has guest conducted The Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota orchestras; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and the Chicago, Toronto, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Detroit, Cincinnati, National, Atlanta, Houston, Baltimore, Vancouver, Milwaukee, and New World symphony orchestras. His festival engagements have included the Blossom, Aspen, Grand Teton, and Grant Park festivals, as well as at the Hollywood Bowl and Music Academy of the West. His international career was launched when he was named a first prizewinner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. Since then he has appeared with the Munich, London, Czech, and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras; London, Vienna, and City of Birmingham symphony orchestras; and Dresden Staatskapelle, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, and Camerata Salzburg. Highlights of his 2015–16 season include his subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic and reengagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Toronto, National, Dallas, and New World symphony orchestras. In addition to his work with the Lucerne Symphony and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, he guest conducts the Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra national de France, and the London, Finnish Radio, Sydney, and São Paulo symphony orchestras. Mr. Gaffigan’s first recording with the Lucerne Symphony featured works by Wolfgang Rihm, and his second featured Dvořák (both on Harmonia Mundi). He is recording the complete Prokofiev symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and his most recent CD is the Tchaikovsky First and Prokofiev Second Piano Concertos with Kirill Gerstein and the Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin (Myrios). Born in New York City in 1979, James Gaffigan attended the New England Conservatory of Music, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and he was a conducting fellow at Tanglewood. In 2009 he completed a three-year tenure as associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, where he assisted Michael Tilson Thomas, led subscription concerts, and was artistic director of the Summer in the City festival. Prior to that, he was the assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra under music director Franz Welser-Möst.