Todd Craven

Known for his creative programming, vibrant podium presence and spirit of collaboration, American conductor Todd Craven is Music Director/Conductor of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra. In both communities, he has brought a heightened level of collaboration and audience engagement, bringing his musical sensitivity and passion for contemporary music and advocating for the 21st century orchestra through creative programming that introduces symphonic music to people from all walks of life.

Todd’s recent guest conducting engagements having included Handel’s Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony, a series of sold-out holiday concerts with The Florida Orchestra in Tampa and his debut with the Orlando Philharmonic last season at the Concert at the Springs. Recently, Mr. Craven has shared the stage with operatic tenor Lawrence Brownlee, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and was invited to assist on a recording projects with Eric Jacobsen and legendary artists Gil Shaham and Bela Fleck with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. This summer, Todd will return to conduct a series of outdoor concerts with the Virginia Symphony, and is also invited to guest conduct the Goiânia Symphony Orchestra of Brazil. Other conducting highlights have included engagements with the Detroit Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Theatre at Illinois and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Craven’s accomplishments include First Prize in the 2019 Los Angeles Conducting Competition, Assistant Conductor positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Florida Grand Opera, and Music Director positions with the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra and Michigan Pops Orchestra. Previously a prize -winning trumpet player, Todd began his professional career as Principal Trumpet of the Sarasota Orchestra and performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony and as a frequent guest artist at the Sarasota Music Festival.