From the 1990s on, UK-based American conductor John Yaffé became a highly respected member of New York City’s musical community. He conducted regularly at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and The 92nd Street Y, and has been lauded consistently by the New York Times and Opera News for his ability to inspire performances with “transcendent concentration, exemplary preparation, freedom, and commitment.”


“John Yaffé sustained the musi- cal momentum admirably. Un- der his baton, the orchestra was at its crispest and most precise in recent memory.”
– The Detroit News


“His performance paid close attention to line and phrasing and had that cumulative quality of development that is among the most satisfying manifesta- tions of a knowing conductor.”
– The Miami Herald


“Music Director / Conductor John Yaffé skillfully led an excellent twenty—one—piece orchestra through the tricky twists & turns of both scores.”
– The New York Times


“Artistic director John Yaffé led a propulsive account, and chor- us and orchestra acquitted themselves splendidly.”
– Opera News