Biographical SketchAlthough Edward Low is an expert interpreter of early music and is a Baroque interpretation specialist, he is also one of the southland's leading exponents of contemporary music. During his thirty-five year tenure as the founding artistic director of Pasadena Pro Musica, he has done much for contemporary music by producing premiere performance of works by American composers.
The success and staying power of Pasadena Pro Musica is due to the succession of innovative performances of distinguished, yet less-frequently-performed masterpieces from all periods. The group also owes its success to Low's own performances as conductor, scholar, organist, and interpreter. Whether performing rediscoveries of ancient music or interpreting contemporary scores, it was Low who set the tone and spirit for his ambitious and eclectic undertakings.
Low came to Pasadena from Boston in 1964, following a distinguished career. He was head of the music department at Pine Manor College and had been a faculty member in the choral conducting department of Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. His madrigal group was under management with Columbia Artists. As assistant conductor of the New England Conservatory Chorus, he assisted with chorus preparations for Charles Munch, Robert Shaw, and Erich Liensdorf.
He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and completed other graduate studies at Harvard and University of Southern California. His teachers included Nadia Boulanger, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and T. Tutius Noble.
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