BiographyConcert reviews of performances by American freelance conductor William Buhidar reflect his solid reputation among critics and audiences alike. His work has been presented on broadcasts of National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and programmed on radio stations such as Baltimore's WBJC-FM and Corpus Christi's KEDT-FM. Mr. Buhidar
has conducted a wide spectrum of music that has included symphonic and chamber orchestra concerts, complete dramatic opera and ballet productions, choral programs, and a wide variety of "pops" concerts. He has been a participant through competitive audition in the Eastman School of Music Summer Conducting Institute which resulted in a guest conducting appearance with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010. Additionally, he is an active Clinician/Consultant for youth orchestras and ensembles.
William Buhidar's professional conducting appearances have included the following orchestras or musical organizations: OPUS (Founder/Music Director); The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra (Associate Conductor/Principal Guest Conductor); The South Texas Chamber Orchestra (Founder/Music Director); The U.S.S. Lexington Annual 4th of July Flight Deck Concerts ( Music Director); The Mozart Madness Players (Music Director); The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Guest Conductor); The New Palais Royale Orchestra (Guest Conductor); The North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (Guest Conductor); The Lima Symphony (Ohio) (Guest Conductor); The Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra (Guest Conductor); The American Center for Puccini Studies (Guest Conductor); The South Florida Opera Company (Guest Conductor); The Society of Classical Arts in West Palm Beach (Guest Conductor); The Corpus Christi Concert Ballet Orchestra (Guest Conductor); The RGV International Music Festival (Guest Conductor); The RGV Chorale (Guest Conductor).
William Buhidar began his career as a violinist earning a Master of Music Degree in Performance. He was recently invited to be a member of the prestigious international organizations Phi Kappa Phi, The Golden Key Society, and The Chancellor's List, recognizing the quality of his graduate work. Soon after,
he became a conducting protégé of Maestro Cornelius Eberhardt, President Emeritus of the Munich Hochschule für Musik, former Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Most recently, he has mentored with Neil Varon of the Eastman School of Music, a former student of Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan.
William Buhidar has appeared with a variety of artists ranging from the classical music area to the entertainment industry. These have included Van Cliburn gold-medalist André-Michel Schub, pianist and recording artist Ivan Davis, British violinist Pip Clarke, pianist James Barbagallo, pianist Pamela Mia Paul, sopranos Flicka Rahn, and Kay Krekow, altos Carol Madalin, Rose Taylor and Susan Stetson, tenors Harry Dunstan, Andrew Moore and Leonard Johnson, and baritone Thomas Stallone.
Mr. Buhidar has also appeared on "pops" programs with such artists as country music legend Jerry Jeff Walker, comedienne Phyllis Diller, blues harmonica player Jim Allison and country fiddler Scott Plant.
William Buhidar is on faculty at South Texas College and has taught at the University of Texas-Pan American.
In his work with young musicians, William Buhidar has been a visiting clinician/consultant and adjudicator for youth orchestras. He has also been a UIL Regional Orchestra guest conductor and a consultant for UIL competition preparation.
Special Professional AchievementsAt the prestigious invitation and sponsorship of the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Mr. Buhidar's keen
conducting skills were called upon to assist in the Hochschule's gala production of "Der Rosenkavalier". This performance was one of two separate operatic productions that were a part of the gala celebration for the re-opening of the Prinzregententheater in Munich, the other being a production of "Tristan und Isolde" conducted by Lorin Maazel.v
During the George Gershwin Centennial, William Buhidar was selected by Bernstein protégé Maurice Peress to serve as Music Director for an exclusive concert with the New Palais Royale Orchestra in Dallas. The concert was an official production of the worldwide Gershwin Centennial Celebration approved by the Gershwin Estate for Howard Lanin Productions - New York City.
William Buhidar organized The Mozart Madness Festival commemorating the Mozart Bicentennial and as Conductor/Artistic Director of this successful three-day event conducted the Mozart Madness Players and worked with ten separate soloists in diverse works which included the popular Exsultate Jubilate for Soprano, Concerto for Clarinet, Serenata Notturna, and the rarely performed Concerto for Three Pianos.
William Buhidar was chosen by the U.S.S. Lexington as the conductor to initiate their annual Fourth of July flight deck concerts and served seven consecutive seasons as Music Director of
these performances. This annual event drew the national attention of CNN as well as the interest of the current vand previous Governors of Texas who personally attended the event.
Mr. Buhidar has also conducted opera productions for the South Florida Opera Company and the Society of Classical Arts in the West Palm Beach area that have included "Carmen", La Bohème", and "Madama Butterfly". In these operatic settings, he has been reviewed as having "led with strong and sympathetic support of all the singers".
Additionally, Mr. Buhidar has conducted symphony Holiday concerts of Christmas and Chanukah music, featuring choruses of over 500, before sell-out crowds. In addition, his performances at annual "Messiah" concerts for capacity audiences have been hailed as "glorious and moving".