Frederick Speck, Director
Frederick Speck has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of Chamber Winds Louisville and the Louisville Concert Band since the inaugural season in 2006. He also serves as Director of Bands, Professor of Music and Head of the Division of Ensembles and Conducting at the University of Louisville.
Ensembles led by Speck have earned praise for being “crisply responsive” with “terrific verve” (The Courier Journal, Louisville) and possessing “assertive musicality and powerful precision” (Chris Woodruff, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles). At the University of Louisville, he directs the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Players and New Music Ensemble. Under his leadership, these groups have performed at numerous KMEA In-service Conferences, CBDNA Southern Division Conferences, the CBDNA National Conference, the MENC National Conference, the WASBE Conference in Killarney, Ireland and the Jungfrau Music Festival in Interlaken, Switzerland.
Speck has conducted throughout the United States and internationally. In 2006, his guest conducting residency at the Szymanowski Conservatory in Katowice, Poland led to the first concert of the Conservatory Wind Orchestra in the school’s history. A champion of new music, he has collaborated with composers including Karel Husa, John Corigliano, Joan Tower, Per Nørgård, Chen Yi, Steven Stucky, Sebastian Currier and others in preparing performances of their works. At a special Carnegie Hall concert honoring Grawemeyer Award-winning composers, Speck led the University of Louisville Wind Ensemble in a performance of works by Penderecki, Takemitsu, Tower, Husa and Corigliano. After the concert, <i>Sequenza21</i> reported, “…Speck’s energy and momentum concluded the concert with a gripping interpretation of John Corigliano’s Tarantella from Symphony No. 1…Thunderous applause from a captivated audience greeted Mr. Speck and Mr. Corigliano, proof of both performer’s and composer’s ability to move listeners.”
Also a composer, the New York Times cited his work as, “vivid driven music.” His music has been performed by such ensembles as the Louisville Orchestra, the Denver Symphony, the Senzoku Gakuen Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Speculum Musicae, and recorded by such artists as Richard Stoltzman, Paul York, Brett Shuster and the Washington Winds. Twice the recipient of the University of Louisville President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creativity, his work has also been recognized through fellowships and commissions from the Barlow Endowment, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and the Indiana Arts Commission.