Allan R. Scott

Currently in his eighteenth season as Music Director of the Helena Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, Allan R. Scott has been recognized by Symphony Magazine for his “large orchestra view,” noting that “under Scott’s leadership the quality of the orchestra’s playing has skyrocketed.” Dividing his time between residences in Helena and his native Philadelphia, Scott is also in his nineteenth season as Music Director of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony and has served as the Principal Conductor of the Wilmington Ballet Company in Delaware for the past decade.

Scott recently made his debut with Marble City Opera conducting Puccini’s Suor Angelica “with marvelous attention to Puccini romanticism and dramatic balance” (Arts Knoxville). Scott has also appeared with The Tanglewood Music Center, Royal Opera of Netherlands, Portland Opera, Fairfax Opera Company, Kent Opera, The Bucharest National Opera, The National Radio Orchestra of Romania in Bucharest, New Zealand’s Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Firelands Symphony in Cleveland, Pottstown Symphony (PA), Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, and New Artists Philharmonic (CO).

Scott has become closely associated with the works of Gustav Mahler. He has conducted all of Mahler’s symphonies, and has been the subject for two televised documentaries. New Zealand National Radio noted “A concert with Maestro Scott is as intoxicating as you could wish…and has an all-too-rare feeling of risk-taking spontaneity.”

Having studied piano since the age of five and conducting since the age of fifteen, Scott developed his artistry under conductors Seiji Ozawa and Charles Dutoit. He further refined his craft with Luis Biava, Zdenék Macal, Sir David Willcocks, and Jorge Mester at institutions including the Tanglewood Music Center, California Conducting Institute, The Keene Music Festival, Ogontz Music Festival, and the Conducting Institute of South Carolina.

January 2021