“. . . A rising star in Classical Music . . .”
“Chelsea Gallo led the orchestra with grace and with fiery command into a sparkling interpretation of the score.”
Labeled a “rising star” within the conducting world (Associated Press), conductor Chelsea Gallo has been praised for her ability to “lead the orchestra with grace and fiery command” (Michigan Daily.) Her conducting style has been described as “fully in control… stylish, skillful and attentive” (Dallas News.) Gallo is Principal Guest Conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic and Resident Conductor of The Florida Orchestra in the Tampa Bay area, for two consecutive seasons from 2023-25. She is the recipient of a 2022 Sir Georg Solti Career Assistance Grant. This season she returns to the New York Philharmonic as one of several assistant conductors.
Gallo has conducted leading orchestras and opera companies including the Dallas Opera, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Orlando Opera, Toledo Symphony, Hartford Opera, Missouri Symphony, Marigny Opera, Slovak Sinfonietta, amongst others. Recent and upcoming highlights include debuts and returns with the Bozeman Symphony, the Sewanee Music Festival, and Catapult Opera (NYC), Jackson Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony, and the Youngstown Symphony.
An advocate of music by living composers, Gallo gave the Michigan premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s piece Helix, the American premiere of Michael Gordon’s Bassoon Concerto, and the world premiere of the ballet “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tucker Fuller. Her opera repertoire includes productions of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Don Giovanni”, Britten’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, Verdi’s “La Traviata”, and Shuying Li’s “Who Married Star Husbands.” Devoted to expanding the reach of Classical Music, Gallo has collaborated with a variety of organizations, businesses, and companies. Some of these entities include The Walt Disney Company (™), The New York Yankees (™), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Lincoln Motor Company (™).
Gallo studied conducting in Vienna, Prague, and Banská Štiavnica with Leoš Svárovský and the late Maksimilijan Cenčić. In Vienna, she studied piano with Giorgi Latsabidze and violin with Barbara Gorzynska. Gallo holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan. She has attended festivals and masterclasses with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim.