Gustav Meier, Conductor, Emeritus

The GBS Legacy of Maestro Gustav Meier 1972-2013!

Throughout 2012-2013 we've celebrated the monumental achievements of our beloved Maestro Gustav Meier, his 41 seasons before retiring as musical director of GBS. We are pleased that we can acknowledge and invite him back to GBS as Conductor Emeritus. 


A heartfelt thank you from retiring GBS Maestro Gustav Meier, the board and orchestra members to a loyal following of sponsors, subscribers and ticket buyers - April 20, 2013 - Mike Karpilow, Fairfield

Enjoy the Gustav Meier GBS Accolades and Multi-media History!

We've been snapping away as the orchestra, board members, guest soloists and GBS friends celebrate these last concerts and events:

Our orchestra enjoying the March 16, 2013 Pines of Rome (Respighi) rehearsal and performance - photos, archival video of our appreciative audience.

Sharing special moments "Best of Times" with board members, orchestra members, GBS soloists and great friends over the last two concerts - video (music is the Encore from the April 20 final concert - Marriage of Figarro).

Maestro Meier and the GBS orchestra final concert April 20, 2013 encore the Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) - video.

Our GBS flash mob photo op with the board, orchestra and wonderful audience - photos, and video making our "all hands up" thank you.

The Standing Ovations May 4, 2013 Maestro Gustav Meier Retirement Celebration - photos.

A digital historical look of every GBS program throughout Gustav's 41 seasons (1972-2013) lovingly created by board member, Andrea Kern

Special tribute Remembering Gustav Meier's 41 seasons by long-time GBS friend and CT Post Arts Editor Phyllis A.S. Boros 

Editorial salute Gratitude of a City by long-time GBS subscriber and CT Post Editoral Page Michael J. Daly


Maestro Gustav Meier

Gustav Meier is known internationally as a teacher of conductors. He has led orchestras around the globe while teaching at the Yale University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan and the Tanglewood Music Center.

He has conducted the Pittsburgh and China National Symphony, the Hungarian and Vienna State Opera Orchestras, the Sao Paulo State Symphony, the Chicago's Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Long Beach and Colorado Symphony Orchestras and others. He has led performances at the New York City, Santa Fe, Miami, San Francisco, Zurich, Syracuse and Minnesota Opera Companies. Innovative programming has earned Mr. Meier critical acclaim. He collaborated with film director Robert Altman (Igor Stravinsky's Rake's Progress), conducted William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience (American Premiere), Gian-Carlo Menotti's Help! Help! The Globolinks! (American Premiere), Elliot Carter's Double Concerto (First Performance), Chris Rouse's Infernal Machine (First Performance) to mention just a few.

Students of his include Marin Alsop (Music Director Baltimore Symphony and Cabrillo Festival), Antonio Pappano (Music Director Royal Opera Covent Garden and Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia), Bobby McFerrin, Yakov Kreizberg (First Prize Stokovsky Competition Winner, Music Director Netherlands Philharmonic and Principal Guest Conductor Vienna Symphony Orchestra), Rico Saccani (First Prize Karajan Competition Winner and Music Director Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra), Carl St. Clair (Music Director Komische Oper Berlin and Pacific Symphony Orchestra), Bundit Ungransee (Co-First Prize Winner Lorin Maazel Conducting competition and Principal Guest Conductor Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra), Mark Gibson (Orchestra and Opera Director of Cincinnati Conservatory), Jun Märkl (Music Director Lyon National Symphony Orchestra), Benjamin Loeb (Director International Workshop and Festival) and more.

At the present Gustav Meier is Music Director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Emeritus of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and is on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. Mr. Meier has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Fairfield University, Kalamazoo College and Michigan State University and has been awarded with the Ditson Prize for his commitment to American Music. He is also the recipient of the Harvard Luise Vosgerchian Award, the Max Rudolf Award of the Conductors Guild and the Distinguished Faculty Award from the School of Music University of Michigan.

His book The Composer, the Orchestra and the Conductor was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. GBS was thrilled to host a book signing at the Steinway Gallery in Westport to honor Gustav's wonderful life milestone.

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