About our Conductor

Richard Albagli, the Director of the University Percussion Ensemble, is the Principal Percussionist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, co-founder of the Adirondack Percussion Ensemble, and is member of the music faculties at the University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has appeared as soloist or co-soloist several times with the Albany Symphony, and has performed with chamber groups throughout the United States , Canada and Europe . As co-founder of Associated Solo Artists, Albagli has helped create interdisciplinary programs in the arts, sciences and humanities for schools from kindergarten through college.

ASA’s trademark Concert of Ideas and its programs for the corporate, professional and governmental sectors in creativity and leadership development have beenpresented in more than 20 states, in Europe and Canada, including the Center for Excellence in Maryland, the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina and California, the international ASCD Conference in San Antonio, the Academy of Management and the Excellence in Government conferences in Washington D.C., the National Arts and Business Council in New York, the IDRIART conference in Europe along with universities, business schools and a host of major corporate clients.

Albagli has served as the Musical Director of the Empire State Youth Percussion Ensemble since its inception in 1983, and, along with Co-Director Mark Foster, has taken the group to major Percussion Festivals in New York City , New Jersey and Florida , and at the Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music, Queens College , Williams College , Hartwick and Tanglewood. The Youth Ensemble has also performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Musical Encounter series for Educational Television with ASO conductor David Allen Miller, and on the nationally syndicated radio program “From the Top,” aired on more than 250 NPR stations nationwide.

A graduate of both RPI (physics) and the Eastman School of Music (performance), he has written more than 20 works for solo percussion and percussion ensemble, along with a timpani concerto and two works for ensemble and chorus. As a collaborator with John Cimino and Jon Klibonoff of Associated Solo Artists, he has composed a dozen art songs for voice and percussion, a musical play for children entitled “The Great Dinosaur Rescue,” and a one-act opera “The Star Thrower” based on a Loren Eiseley essay of the same name.


All pictures and disigns by Adam Stoddard All text author by Richard Albagli

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