Drostan Hall, conductor, and founder of Camerata Chicago, is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England where he studied violin with Yossi Zivoni and Northern Illinois University where he studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi.
Drostan came to the podium in 2003 when he was asked to conduct Handel’s Messiah at a local church. While studying the score of this sacred work he decided to found a chamber orchestra. Since then he as Music Director of Camerata Chicago has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Mark Johnson, Wendy Warner, Peter Van De Graaf, Mathias Tacke, the International Beethoven Project Trio and Michelle Arezaga. In the US he has conducted at well known festivals such as the Utah Music Festival and the Woodstock Mozart Festival and in December 2011 will guest conduct the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra, WI.
His work with Camerata Chicago has been very fruitful including numerous live radio broadcasts on Chicago’s radio station WFMT and compact disc releases on the Centaur and DMD classics labels. As music Director of Camerata Chicago he has appeared at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harris Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, Northeastern Illinois University, North Park University, College Church, and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Wheaton. In the upcoming season he will collaborate with Internationally renowned violinist Susanne Hou and pianist George Lepauw of the Beethoven Project Trio.
Drostan resides in WheatonIllinois with his wife Dorothy and three children Madeleine, Ellison and Audrianna.
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