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John Nardolillo

Artistic Director and Conductor, Prague Summer Nights

University of Kentucky

Director of Orchestras

PSN History

2015 - Present


John Nardolillo has appeared as a conductor with more than thirty of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, and the Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, National, Nashville, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Utah, Columbus, Indianapolis, Oregon, Fort Worth, Buffalo, Alabama, Louisville, Missouri, North Carolina, Toledo, Vermont and Honolulu symphonies. He also conducted concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall in New York, and has made conducting appearances in the United States, France, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and China.


John Nardolillo has conducted concerts with Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Jennifer Koh, Lynn Harrell, Christine Brewer, and Denyce Graves, as well as popular artists including Pink Martini, Marvin Hamlisch, Mark O’Connor, Time for Three, Ronan Tynan, Jim Brickman, Cherish the Ladies, Wynonna Judd, and Arlo Guthrie. He has recorded for Naxos and Albany records, and has been featured in articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and Vanity Fair magazine. 


In addition to frequent performances of the Nutcracker, John Nardolillo has  been "in the pit" for productions of Porgy and Bess, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Hänsel und Gretel, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, La Traviata, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus, Romeo et Juliette, Falstaff, Silent Night, Susannah, and The Crucible, as well as works of musical theater, including South Pacific, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Ragtime, and Phantom of the Opera, and live to film projects, including performances of Amadeus and 2001: A Space Odyssey. 


John Nardolillo serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Prague Summer Nights Festival in Prague, and as the Director of Orchestras at the University of Kentucky. John Nardolillo earned degrees in violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music and violin and conducting from the Peabody Conservatory.

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