Lauded by the Cincinnati Enquirer for his “natural facility and convincing musicianship on the podium,” Tito Muñoz is increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. Recently appointed Music Director of the Opéra National de Lorraine and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, he previously served a three year tenure as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, appointed by Franz Welser-Möst in April 2007, and a League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
An alumnus of the National Conducting Institute, Mr. Muñoz made his professional conducting debut in 2006 with the National Symphony Orchestra. That same year, he made his Cleveland Orchestra debut at the Blossom Music Festival at the invitation of David Zinman. The 2006-2007 season included a critically acclaimed subscription debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, stepping in for an ailing Krzysztof Penderecki. Other past engagements have included appearances with the symphony orchestras of Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Eugene, Princeton, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He made his European debut with the Orchestre Lyrique de Région Avignon-Provence in fall of 2007.
In the 2009/10 season, Mr. Muñoz made a critically acclaimed subscription debut with The Cleveland Orchestra and a return subscription appearance with the Cincinnati Symphony as well as debuts with the Toledo, Hartford, and El Paso Symphonies and the Mexico City Philharmonic. Other recent and upcoming engagements include return performances with the Detroit Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, and the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, and subscription debuts with the symphony orchestras of San Antonio, Albany, and Pasadena. In Europe, he will debut with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and the Opéra de Rennes, leading a production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw.
Since the summer of 2006, Mr. Muñoz has made regular appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival. In the summer of 2009 he conducted performances with The Cleveland Orchestra and The Joffrey Ballet, which led to further performances in summer of 2010 as well as an invitation to tour with The Joffrey Ballet in the 2010/11 season. Other festival appearances have included the Chautauqua Music Festival, the Grant Park Music Festival, and Italy’s Ritratti 2008 festival.
Mr. Muñoz’s relationship with the Opéra National de Lorraine and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy began in spring of 2009 when he made his operatic debut with performances of Caballero’s Los sobrinos del Capitán Grant as well as successful subscription performances with the symphony, resulting in an immediate re-engagement for concerts in the spring of 2010 and the spring of 2011. His first complete season as Music Director begins in fall of 2011 with a production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress followed by a production of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Les Noces.
During the summers of 2004 through 2006, Mr. Muñoz attended the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin and participated in master classes with Asher Fisch, Leon Fleisher, George Manahan, David Robertson, and Leonard Slatkin. He is the winner of the Aspen Music Festival's 2005 Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize and the 2006 Aspen Conducting Prize, and in summer 2007, he returned to Aspen as the festival's Assistant Conductor.
Committed to working with young artists, Mr. Muñoz has conducted performances at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. In the fall of 2010, he led a nine city tour with the St. Olaf College Orchestra. Additionally, he has had an ongoing relationship with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Portland Youth Philharmonic and has worked with conducting students both at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Also an accomplished violinist, Mr. Muñoz has performed in many of New York’s leading ensembles including the New York Virtuosi, Ensemble Sospeso, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, as well as numerous Broadway shows. As a studio musician he has recorded for Albany Records, RCA Victor and Sony.
Born in 1983 in New York City, Mr. Muñoz began his musical training on the violin at age thirteen in the Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program, continuing studies on violin and composition at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and was a member of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York and New York Youth Symphony, where he also served as Apprentice Conductor. He furthered his training at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, as a violin student of Daniel Phillips.
For more information about Mr. Muñoz, please visit http://www.titomunoz.com