An engaging communicator of exceptional warmth and energy, conductor Richard A. Haglund is the founder and Music Director of the Erato Chamber Orchestra in Chicago. Recordings of the Mozart and Bach Violin Concertos have been produced under his baton with a third to become available soon under his tenure as music director. He is often in demand as a guest conductor, performer and clinician.
As a guest conductor, Maestro Haglund has lead professional ensembles in America and around the globe. These have most recently included the
Milano Classica (Milan, Italy), National Symphony Orchestra of Moldova (Chişinău, Moldova), Targu Mures State Philharmonic Orchestra (Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria)), Camerata Chamber Orchestra (Cluj, Romania), Bantul Philharmonic Orchestra (Timisoara, Romania), Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra (Pleven, Bulgaria), Gabrovo Chamber Orchestra (Gabrovo, Bulgaria), Cappella Orchestra (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova (Chişinău, Moldova). Recently, he was invited for a second appearance with the Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Omsk, Russia). This past summer, he led performances as the Newly Appointed Music Director of I Virtuosi Degli Horti (The Virtuosi of Horti) at the Southern Tuscany Festival of Music in San Quirico, Italy.
Haglund's diverse experience includes Pops Conductor for the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra's summer season, Assistant Conductor of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and the Bard Community Chorus. Recently he conducted the Broadway reading preview of “The Song of Solomon” in New York City.
A native of Minnesota, Maestro Haglund received his musical training on Percussion and Piano. Haglund holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting from Bard College Conservatory of Music where he studied with Harold Farberman and Leon Botstein. In addition to his conducting degree, Haglund studied composition with world-renowned composer Joan Tower at Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York.
Maestro Haglund has studied conducting throughout the world with numerous teachers, most notably Gustav Meier, Paul Vermel, Larry Rachleff, William Jones, Emil Aluas and Philip Greenberg. His previous appointments include Music Director and conductor of the Heartland Symphony (MN), Northeast Orchestra (MN), and Sangamon Valley Youth and Community Orchestra (IL). He served as assistant conductor of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra for several seasons where he launched many outreach projects to students and the community at large.