Director Bio





                                                                            Music Director JUAN GALLASTEGUI

Dr. Juan Gallastegui became the Music Director of the Rockville Concert Band (Rockville, MD) in September of 2020.  He was initially selected as the Associate Music Director in January of 2019.  He is Music Director of the Prince William Youth Orchestra (Woodbridge, VA) and Director of Bands at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington D.C. In September 2020, he has been appointed as Music Director & Conductor of the D.C. Strings Orchestra culminating from a close collaboration that began in 2018 as a guest conductor.

Since 2016, Gallastegui has established a reputation throughout the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area as a conductor and educator and he is in demand to work with community groups, semi-professional orchestras, and youth groups. He has conducted the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra (Ashburn, VA) and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington D.C.

An accomplished euphonium player, Gallastegui played in different wind bands in Spain (e.g. Castro Urdiales Municipal Band, Llodio Wind Band, La Pamplonesa Wind Band) for more than twenty years before moving to the United States where he began to study conducting.

Gallastegui holds a Ph.D. in Music History (University of La Rioja), a Master in Music in Orchestral Conducting (Bard College, NY), and a Master in Education (University of Cantabria). Previously, he earned a B.A. in Musicology (University of La Rioja, Spain) and a double B.M in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy of Tuba (Navarre Conservatory). Among other awards, Dr. Gallastegui was a “Rafael Del Pino Foundation” Scholarship Recipient in 2014. His main conducting teacher and mentor was the late Harold Farberman. Other teachers include Jorma Panula, Lawrence Golan, Mark Gibson, and Leon Botstein in conducting, and Dr. Laurence Wallach and Dr. Kyle Blaha in composition.

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