Luis Biava is internationally renowned as a conductor for his work
with symphony orchestras. Professor of Music at Temple University’s
Boyer College of Music, he has been Music Director and Conductor of
the University’s Symphony Orchestra since 1986.
After an almost four decades of a productive career associated with
The Philadelphia Orchestra where he served from Principal of the
Second Violins up to Conductor-in- Residence, Maestro Biava conducted
his last two concerts with the Orchestra in July of 2004.
For the past thirteen (13) years he has been Artistic and Music
Director of the Festival of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of the
Americas (FOSJA) held every summer in Puerto Rico. Recently he was
appointed Artistic Director of the newly organized National Symphony
Orchestra of Colombia and has been collaborating for the past few
years with the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. He has
performed as guest conductor with the Vermont Mozart Festival, the
Camerata and the University Orchestra in Bloomington, Indiana, the
Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and many others in South America.
A strong advocate of music education and contemporary music, Maestro
Biava has presented premieres of works by many North and South
American composers. In 1995, he conducted the first Philadelphia
performance of John Corigiliano’s First Symphony with the Temple
Symphony Orchestra. For more than a decade, Maestro Biava has also
served as Music Director and Conductor of the Temple University Youth
Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble for advanced players at Temple’s
pre-college Center for Gifted Young Musicians.
Throughout his distinguished career, Biava has received numerous
awards, including the Comcast Newsmaker of the Year for the Arts, and
the Arts Recognition Award from the Society for Performing Arts of
the Media Theater, a Citation from the City of Philadelphia, the
Order of Merit from Italy, the Medal of San Carlos from the President
of Colombia and the Philadelphia Orchestra C. Hartman Kuhn Award.
A native of Colombia, South America, Maestro Biava joined The
Philadelphia Orchestra in 1968. He was a founding member of the
Philarte String Quartet and continues to play first violin with the
Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble.
Luis Biava is the Director of FOSJA since 1993.