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Round Top Music Festival: Conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe

Conductor Charles Oliveri-Munroe talks about his love of Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.


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Located just up the proverbial road from Houston, the Round Top Music Festival kicked off on June 1 and will continue through July 12. Nearly 100 young musicians from seven countries, 26 states and over 45 conservatories and universities have gathered at the distinguished summer music institute in the Texas Hill Country. Under the mentorship of 38 faculty-artists and 10 guest conductors, the students will receive intense training and perform orchestral masterpieces, contemporary works and chamber music over the course of six weeks.

Guest conductor, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, will lead a program of Antonin Dvorak’s Scherzo Capriccioso, plus Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D (with Stefan Milenkovich as soloist) and Symphony No. 4 in f on Saturday, June 28 at 3:30pm at the Festival Concert Hall.

Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu spoke with Maestro Olivieri-Munroe about his life in Prague and his love of the Slavic repertoire.

Since 2011 Charles Olivieri-Munroe has been Principal Conductor of Philharmonie Südwestfalen in Germany, and concurrently he holds the same position with the North Czech Philharmonic. He is increasingly recognized in the international press for his innovative programming, interpretation of Slavic repertoire and his passion for purity of orchestral sound.

Charles Olivieri-Munroe grew up in Toronto where he studied the piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music and at the University of Toronto. Following his graduation in 1992 he won three Ontario scholarships to study conducting with Otakar Trhlik at the Janacek Academy of Music in Brno, Czechoslovakia. He was also a student of Jiri Belohlavek and spent two summers at L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena studying with Ilja Musin and Yuri Temirkanov. His international career was launched by a series of triumphs in international competitions, culminating with him winning First Prize in the 2000 Prague Spring International Music Festival Conducting Competition.

*This interview was recorded on June 24 with Charles Olivieri-Munroe on the phone from Round Top, TX.


Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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