Music Director & Conductor, Darko Butorac

UBS Financial Services Music Director Chair

Praised for his “exceptional combination of passion, elegance and well‐timed pacing,” (Westdeutsche Zeitung) Maestro Darko Butorac (pronounced BOO-toh-rutz) has established himself as an exciting conductor in demand with orchestras both in Europe and the Americas. He currently serves as the music director of both the Tallahassee and Missoula symphony orchestras, and began his tenure  as music director of the Asheville Symphony in the 2018-2019 Masterworks Season.

Following his remarkable debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic in January 2011, Butorac was immediately invited to conduct the next season’s opening concert. Recent notable performances include collaborations with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Neuss and the Georgische Kammerorchester Ingolstadt (Germany), the Rubinstein Philharmonic of Lodz (Poland), the Tallin Sinfonietta (Estonia), and the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Within North America, Butorac has worked with orchestras such as the Charleston Symphony, the Illinois Philharmonic, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Montana Lyric Opera and the Canton Symphony. Highlights of his work abroad include engagements with the Xiamen Philharmonic in China, the Kharkov Philharmonic in the Ukraine, the Mendoza and Neuquen Orchestras in Argentina, and annual visits with the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra of Parma as the principal conductor of the Fidenza Opera Festival in Italy.

Butorac has appeared at prestigious venues such as the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Gran Teatro Nacional of Lima, Belgrade’s Kolarac Hall, Teatro Magnani in Italy, as well as at the Tartu, Aspen and Brevard summer music festivals. He has collaborated with many notable soloists such as soprano Renee Fleming, cellist Colin Carr, violinist Lara St. John, and Oscar-winning actor J.K.Simmons.

Darko Butorac is the Grand Prix laureate of the Fourth International Vakhtang Jordania Conducting Competition, which led to engagements with orchestras across four continents. He has also appeared at the prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview hosted by the League of American Orchestras and the Jacksonville Symphony.

Butorac was awarded a fellowship by David Zinman to study at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. The following summer he was named the assistant conductor of the Aspen Opera Theater Center and worked on productions with Julius Rudel and Arnold Oestman.

A passionate advocate of music education, Butorac has worked with young musicians at clinics and festivals across the country. He served as the director of orchestras at Northern Arizona University and has also worked extensively at the Brevard Music Center, the St. Olaf Festival in Norway, and at Indiana University, his alma mater. His principal mentors are David Effron, Jorma Panula and David Zinman.

Butorac is also an avid traveler, having visited more than 60 countries, and is passionate about discovering the world and bringing people together through the beauty of music.