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Festival! The Best of the 1995 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival The Conductor
From 1977 to 1985, Heiichiro Ohyama played viola with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival where, in 1992, he became artistic director. He also holds appointments as: Artistic Director of La Jolla SummerFest; Music Director of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, New York, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and the Japan America Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles; Principal Conductor of the Round Top Music Festival in Texas; and Director of Conducting and Orchestra Programs and Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Ohyama studied in Japan, England, and at Indiana University. In 1979 he was named principal violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a post he held until 1991. In 1986, André Previn appointed him assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he held until 1990. He has made conducting debuts with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and the New York Chamber Symphony at the 92nd Street Y.