Stefan Sanders is as an imaginative musician, devoted educator and ardent champion of many types of music. Mr. Sanders holds the Montante Family Endowed Resident Conductor Chair with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, where he leads performances on the Classical, Know the Score, Pops, Rock, and Family series as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic’s education concerts. Mr. Sanders also serves as the Music Director for the Round Rock Symphony in Central Texas and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra in Amherst, NY.
Mr. Sanders has collaborated with an array of distinguished orchestras and guest artists. Recent guest conducting appearances have included the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska (Poland), San Antonio Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), Naples Philharmonic, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Corpus Christi Opera, and the Round Top International Festival Institute. This season, Mr. Sanders will make debuts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Mr. Sanders was selected to participate in the prestigious League of American Orchestras “Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.” This conductor showcase, designed to feature talented young conductors poised for music directorships with major American Orchestras, was hosted by the Nashville Symphony in May of 2016.
Prior to a career as a conductor, Mr. Sanders was an internationally renowned trombonist, having performed as a soloist in North America, Asia and Europe. His performance of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra, with the Czech Philharmonic, can be heard on the Albany Records label. Mr. Sanders was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic’s trombone section for seven seasons and has performed with several orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, and the Seattle Opera’s 2001 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Mr. Sanders was a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the tutelage of maestros, Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff and Hugh Wolff. He is a graduate of the the Juilliard School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.