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Our Conductor CARL TOPILOW

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Carl Topilow Firelands Symphony Orchestra Conductor

The exceptionally versatile Carl Topilow brings his creativity and musicianship to the North Central Ohio region as the Firelands Symphony music director and conductor.

Topilow has established his professional reputation in his positions as music director and conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, music director of the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado, and conductor and director of orchestral programs at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

In addition, he has served as guest conductor with more than 100 orchestras in 31 states and 12 foreign countries.  This year he will appear as guest conductor with the Akron Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Hamilton Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, National Symphony of Venezuela, and Youngstown Symphony.


Maestro Topilow has conducted for such notable artists as Itzhak Perlman, Victor Borge, Michael Feinstein, Doc Severinsen, Peter Nero, and the Canadian Brass.  His pops programs feature him as clarinetist in a wide variety of styles, including jazz, Dixieland, swing, classical and klezmer. 


Topilow, who was educated at the Manhattan School of Music, has held conducting fellowships with the National Orchestral Association (under Leon Barzin) and the Aspen Music Festival (under Jorge Mester).  He began his professional career as Exxon Arts Endowment Conductor of the Denver Symphony Orchestra. While in Denver, he founded the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, which recently celebrated its 31st anniversary season.  


Topilow's wife Shirley is the executive director of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and director of the Morgenstern Dance Studio.  Daughter Jenny, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, is a member of the violin section of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  Daughter Emily is a student in the Beachwood Schools and loves her violin, tap and ballet classes.

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