Rafael Enrique Irizarry

Assitant Director


Principal Assistant French Horn of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra (OSPR) and member of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music Faculty (CMPR) BM, CMPR; MM, Indiana University, Bloomington. He studied French horn with Luis Arroyo and conducting orchestra and choir with Roselín Pabón, Randolfo Juarbe, Carmen Acevedo and Evi Lucío. He was granted for three years from the American States Organization. He joined at the Inter-American Course for Young Conductors, in which conduct Mario Benzecry in Venezuela. Irizarry has participated in choral and instrumental conducting courses at the University of South Carolina under the supervision of Paul Vermel, Samuel Jones, John Giordano and Robert Page, and at the Domaine Forget Académie from Quebec, in Canada, with the well-known Otto Werhner. In 1995, he was a finalist of the Leonard Bernstein Orchestra Conducting Competition, at the Tanglewood Festival from Massachusetts. The Maestro Irizarry has performed with Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra, the Collegium Musicum, the Padre Antonio Soler Orchestra, the Sine Nomine Ensemble and different Concert Bands. Also, he is the conductor of the Puerto Rico Conservatory Concert Band, in which this ensemble won the Golden Award of the First Wind Band of New York Festival, celebrated at the Carnegie Hall in 2003. Irizarry also has conducted the US Army Camp Band (Washington DC) and the Air Force Band. With the Opera Workshop of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music he has conducted “Dido y Eneas” by Purcell, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Menotti and “Magic Flute” by Mozart. He conducted the world premiere “Hodie Christus Natus Est”” for Band Symphony and Choir by Roberto Milano. Irizarry has collaborated with San Juan Pops and Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico. From 1993, he has been the Assistant director of FOSJA. Also, he gives conferences aimed at attracting new audiences for symphonic music, and is the producer and host of radio programs.