Charles Barber began piano at age six, violin and trumpet at ten, at 14 composed a piano concerto, and at 15 first conducted an orchestra. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in music from Stanford.
Barber has conducted throughout California, on tour in Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and on numerous film and recording projects in Los Angeles. In addition to work with symphony and opera, Barber has also conducted for Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughn, and Mel Tormé. He created American Classics and Canadian Classics for Naxos, contributed numerous articles to New Grove, served as Music Advisor to the BBC’s Art of Conducting film documentaries, wrote Lost in the Stars: The Forgotten Musical Life of Alexander Siloti, and presently works as Artistic Director at City Opera Vancouver.
“I never write letters of recommendation, so this is an exception. Charles Barber is a scholar and a conductor who adores and understands music. We have become friends, and he pretends to believe that I have taught him something.”
~~ Carlos Kleiber