Kynan Johns, regarded as one of the leading conductors of his generation, 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, Maestro Johns has conducted leading orchestras throughout the world, including among many others, the Israel Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Chinese National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony and the Sydney and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. In the field of opera he has recently 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. Maestro Johns has been the recipient of prizes in many international conducting competitions, including the Dimitris Mitropoulos International Conducting competition and the Maazel/Vilar Conducting competition. The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, under Maestro Johns, released their first commercial CD of Flagello’s Saxophone Quartet Concerto under the Naxos label in 2006.