Co-Artistic Director of the São Paulo State Symphony of Brazil and Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, conductor Roberto Minczuk has swiftly established himself as one of the most important emerging talents of his generation. Since leading the New York Philharmonic’s summer Concerts in the Parks series in 1998 he has been invited to conduct extensively in North America, with highly successful appearances at the Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra among others. His 2002–03 season appearances included major débuts at the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St Louis Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, to be followed by subscription concert débuts with the New York Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the 2003–04 season and further international engagements in Europe and in North America. Roberto Minczuk has won many prestigious awards and prizes. At the recommendation of Kurt Masur, he received the 2000 Martin E. Segal Award as one of Lincoln Center’s most promising young artists. Other awards include the 1997 Revelation of the Year Award given to the most outstanding young artist by the Performing Arts Critics Association in São Paulo, and the 1991 Moinho Santista Youth Prize (the most important prize in Brazil) awarded in various disciplines for extraordinary achievement in a chosen field.