Biography

Gerard Floriano is an accomplished choral and orchestral conductor who has worked extensively in opera.  Maestro Floriano maintains a busy schedule as artistic director, music director and guest conductor, having led concerts throughout Europe and the United States. He is the visionary force and Artistic Director of Finger Lakes Opera.  Now in its ninth season, FLO is the premier summer opera experience for audiences in western New York and the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  Floriano has been described by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as “nothing less than a virtuosic conductor” who leads his orchestra “with color, precision and a welcome degree of sweep.”   FLO’s production of L'elisir d'amore garnered this acclaim from Rochester City Newspaper, "...Musical director and Finger Lakes Opera artistic director Gerard Floriano paced the whole show to perfection, and the orchestra had every Donizettian detail in place.”   

 

Pre-pandemic highlights saw Maestro Floriano lead critically acclaimed performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony featuring with the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra, and Geneseo Festival Singers; and six sold-out performances in Spain with the Geneseo Chamber Singers. Under Floriano’s artistic leadership, Finger Lakes Opera moved to an entirely virtual platform during the pandemic, featuring over 15 virtual performances as well as his newly created video podcast series entitled:  Great Voices of the 20th Century which highlight historic opera recordings from the 20th century, as well as a video series entitled: Behind the Curtain,  in which he interviews some of FLO’s stage directors with a focus on the creative process.  Upcoming engagements will feature a new production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia as part of Finger Lakes Opera’s 2021 season and a 2021 performance of Mozart’s Requiem with the Geneseo Festival Singers and Symphony Orchestra.   Under Floriano’s leadership the Geneseo Chamber Singers have commissioned American composer Jocelyn Hagen to compose a new a cappella work to be premiered in March of 2022.  In the spring of 2022, The Geneseo Chamber Singers, under Maestro Floriano's direction, will embark upon their 14th international concert tour. 

 

Floriano has recently been named Distinguished Service Professor at SUNY Geneseo where he serves as Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities.  Additionally he is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity.  Other conducting positions have included fellowships at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival, Resident Conductor at the Brevard Music Center, Co-artistic Director of Mercury Opera Rochester, and Music Director of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra.