San Antonio Symphony



Tobin Endowment Music Director Chair

196A4275_pp-NO2German conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing is among the most versatile and cultivated musical artists of his generation. Fluent in multiple languages, interested in a wide range of repertoire, and equally experienced in orchestra culture and opera theatre, his dynamic performances have garnered praise from the international press: “[The] performance’s sophistication and sensuality comes from the pit” (Los Angeles Times); “The evening’s musical interpretation under the baton of conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing won generous applause.” (Berliner Zeitung); “The orchestra sparkles and glows under the heated conducting of Sebastian Lang-Lessing. Viva Carmen!” (Houston Press); “The orchestra excelled, finding what sounded like an extra dose of inspiration in conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing, who relished every prismatic detail in Verdi’s score as he applied equal amounts of momentum and sensitivity to the performance.” (Baltimore Sun)


Akiko Fujimoto

Associate Conductor

Akiko Fujimoto is the Associate Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, where she conducts over 40 concerts annually including classical, baroque, ballet, pops, and education concerts and leads pre-concert lectures for the Classics series. Previously, Fujimoto was the Conducting Associate for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra where…


Dr. John Silantien,

San Antonio Mastersingers

San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers conductor Dr. John Silantien has taught and conducted choirs on the secondary and collegiate levels in Texas, the Washington, D. C., area, and on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois. His awards…


Christopher Wilkins,

Music Director Emeritus

As a guest conductor, Christopher Wilkins has appeared with many of the leading orchestras of the United States, including those of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. He has also appeared overseas, with numerous concerts in the UK, New Zealand, Spain, and throughout…


Ask A Musician

Have you ever wondered why horn players twirl and shake their instruments? Or why string players wave their bows in the air? Here’s your chance to ASK US!

Ask a Musician at intermission of Classics concerts at the right of the stage under the stairs.

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