Serving for only a few years at the helm of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in Maryland and the Binghamton Philharmonic (BPO) in New York State, José-Luis Novo has managed to instill a new artistic vision and leave his personal imprint in both organizations. His continuous drive for artistic excellence, innovative thematic programming, and collaborations with some of today’s most respected guest artists, have resulted in unprecedented artistic growth, praising audiences, and enthusiastic reviews. The successful partnerships have received consistent critical acclaim: “This entire evening was a series of glorious musical experiences that demonstrated the level of musical sophistication the ASO has attained.” (The Capital) “Novo’s feeling for Bartók’s arch form unified it all and gave this performance a sweep and power that were truly memorable.” (Washington Post) “The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra unleashed a nasty, unremittingly exciting Shostakovich 10th that showed off the strengths of the ensemble that already has been reconfigured during Novo’s brief tenure.” (Baltimore Sun) “Throughout the evening, the philharmonic sounded better than ever.” (Binghamton’s Press & Sun-Bulletin)



Posted: Jul-4-2014
Latest Acclaim

“For the Ravel La Valse, Novo and the ASO treated the piece as an exercise in carefully maintained restraint, beginning slowly and almost inaudibly, then letting Ravel’s homage to the Viennese waltz gradually blossom forth. But Novo made sure to hold back a bit of the melodic gaiety, so that when the abrupt and cataclysmic end of the piece comes clashing down upon us, it was not so much a total surprise, but rather something that had always been looming in the background, barely perceived, but eventually overpowering everything that had preceded it in the piece.”

— Capital Gazette
Posted: May-6-2014
Latest Recording
Maryland's Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's Three Symphonic Centuries is the orchestra's first under Music Director José-Luis Novo. The recording commemorates the 300th anniversary of Annapolis's Royal Charter and emerged from the ASO's three-year project commemorating the charter giving the city of Annapolis the right to govern itself. The CD, recorded at two November 2008 concerts at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, includes works composed or premiered in 1708, 1808, 1908, and 2008: Corelli's Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 6, No. 9; Beethoven's Symphony No. 5; Ravel's Rapsodie Espagnole; and the recorded premiere of Tri-Sattawat by Narong Prangcharoen, a Thai composer in his thirties. The 49-year-old orchestra received a 2008 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for the four world premieres generated by the Annapolis Charter 300 Young Composers Competition; Prangcharoen's work was the winner of that competition.
Posted: Mar-1-2010