Kynan Johns combines his position as director of orchestras at Rutgers University with being director assistente at the Palau de les Arts, Reina Sofia, Valencia, Spain, to Maestros Maazel and Mehta. A native of Australia, Johns has conducted orchestras throughout the world, including among many others, the Israel Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Chinese National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In the field of opera he has conducted at La Scala, Maazel’s 1984 and Don Giovanni, Madame Butterfly and Don Carlos in Valencia, working with Domingo, Frittoli, Wyn-Rogers and Koerl. Johns has been the recipient of prizes in international conducting competitions such as the Dimitris Mitropoulos International Conducting competition and the Maazel/Vilar Conducting competition. The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, under Johns, released their first commercial CD of Flagello’s Saxophone Quartet Concerto under the Naxos label in 2006.