Patrick Valentino Named Artistic Director

The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc. has announced that Patrick Valentino will serve as the organization’s next Artistic Director.  He succeeds Erin M. Smith, whom the organization recently announced would be stepping down from her position as Artistic Director after serving in that role for the organization’s first five seasons.  Mr. Valentino will officially assume the role in August 2014, at the start of the organization’s sixth concert season. 

Patrick Valentino
Patrick Valentino

“Patrick’s comprehensive understanding of BNMI’s mission, and his vision for what BNMI can grow to become in the future, makes him a perfect choice to assume the role of Artistic Director for the foreseeable future,” stated BNMI president and founder Tim Davis.  “His versatility as a composer, conductor, performer, and administrator strongly qualifies him to address all aspects of BNMI’s mission, and to build upon the strong legacy Erin has created in establishing programs and activities encompassing all areas of our mission.”

Speaking of his appointment at BNMI, Mr. Valentino said “I am excited to take on the Artistic Directorship of such an innovative and multifaceted group. In addition to having an immensely talented and dedicated performing ensemble and administrative staff, BNMI and I share a confluence of visions on the important role new music can and must play for the future of music as an art form.”

An accomplished performer on the trumpet, organ, and piano, Mr. Valentino has trained as a conductor and composer at New England Conservatory, Ithaca College, Montclair State University, and Moscow Conservatory.  He will be making his second appearance as conductor with BNMI on Saturday's concert at the Longy School of Music, following his initial appearance at the Westfield Festival of Music in March.


BNMI closed out its fifth concert season on April 12, 2014 at the Longy School of Music, with a program of works by Emily Cooley, Roger Zare, Elizabeth Lim, Nick DiBerardino, Jonathan Sokol, and Bryan Jacobs.  Click here for more information on the program.

Read the review from Boston Classical Review.


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