Barry Brisk first appeared in public at the age of 14 when he conducted selections from “South Pacific” at his graduation from Webster Jr. High School in West Los Angeles.
As a student he also conducted the orchestra at University High school in WLA, at Mount St. Mary’s College, and at the University of Music in Vienna (formerly Academy of Music), where he studied with the prominent conductor/teacher Hans Swarowsky.
Professionally Brisk has conducted many orchestras in Southern California, as well as Mexico and Austria.
Music Director of the Beach Cities Symphony since 1994, Brisk is particularly proud of having expanded the orchestra’s repertoire.
In his first 14 years he has repeated only one composition. He has conducted 173 works by 75 composers, eleven of whom are living.
Looking forward to the 60th anniversary season of the orchestra next year, the orchestra has commissioned Maestro Brisk to compose a piece to be performed on the Jan. 2010 concert.
Maestro Brisk’s wife Cathy is an internationally recognized expert on ancient Greek coins.
Their son Philip is doing postdoctoral work in computer science at the Polytechnic School in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Philip’s wife Marilyn will receive her master’s degree in political science from the University of Lausanne in June 2009.
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