Jan Wagner launched his conducting career after winning first prize at the 1995 Nicolai Malko International Conductorsʼ Competition in Denmark. Between 1997 and 2002 he was Principal Conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra and has appeared with most of the leading Scandinavian and European orchestras, including the Danish National Radio Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, and the Hallé Orchestra. Wagner has also appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, with which he has maintained a close affiliation since 1996. Jan Wagner is currently Professor of Music at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of the Vienna Academy of Music. He won first prize at the 1994 Leopold Stokowski International Conducting Competition and was a recipient of the 1994 Conducting Prize at the Aspen Music Festival, where he served as assistant conductor in 1995.