Music Director since 2003, Maestro David Amado has led the Delaware Symphony through both exciting and challenging times with thoughtfulness, sensitivity and a constant ear toward musical excellence and refinement. His insightful music-making and energetic performances, as well as a rare gift to connect intimately with the audience, has made him a beloved figure in Delaware and beyond. In 2014, Maestro Amado received the prestigious Governor’s Award for the Arts bestowed by Delaware Governor Jack Markell. In April, 2016, David Amado was also named Music Director of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Florida.
Descended from a long line of fine musicians, including his grandmother, violist Lillian Fuchs, and great uncle, violinist Joseph Fuchs, Amado continues his family’s proud musical tradition. In pre-college studies at The Juilliard School, he became a dedicated pianist, determined to forge a career as a musician. As a college student there, he studied piano with the great pedagogue Herbert Stessin and began to explore orchestral repertoire. He earned a Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting at Indiana University, and then returned to Juilliard to study conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller. After a one year apprenticeship with the Oregon Symphony, Amado began a fruitful six year tenure with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, where he served as staff conductor and as music director of the Youth Orchestra, introducing symphony music to over 55,000 young people annually.
Maestro Amado’s unique and appealing programming has propelled the DSO to new artistic heights. In 2010, the orchestra released its first recording on the Telarc label, with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Gramophone Magazine called it “tense and exciting” and added that “...the excellent Delaware Symphony Orchestra...seize on the drama and exoticism inherent in the music, making it their own.”
Amado also continues to share his passion for great music while connecting with diverse audiences around the world, including engagements with the Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Symphony Orchestras of Houston, Saint Louis, Baltimore, and Toronto.
In addition to conducting, Amado teaches and coaches young conductors at both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Atlantic Music Festival, where he is a faculty member. A Philadelphia native, Maestro Amado is married to violinist Meredith Amado.