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Bridge Award Profiles: Maestro Paul Freeman
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National Bridge Awards

2015 Richard A. Gonzalez

2014 Jonas Prising 

2012 William C. Weldon

2010 John T. Chambers
2009 Michael E. Szymanczyk
2008 Indra K. Nooyi
2007 Ronald A. Williams
2006 H. Lee Scott, Jr.
2005 Jeffrey Noddle
2004 Ivan G. Seidenberg


Chicago Bridge Awards

2015 Jim Skogsbergh

2014 Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. 

2013 Don Thompson

2012 Gregory D. Wasson

2011 Patricia Hemingway Hall

2010 Frederick H. Waddell

2009 Gregory C. Case

2007 Robert W. Lane

2006 James Skinner

2005 John W. Rowe


Bridge Advocate Awards

2015 Pat Harris

2010 Maestro Paul Freeman

2009 James C. Tyree

2006 John W. Rogers, Jr.

2004 Roel C. Campos

"We use the phrase ‘Musical Excellence Diversity’ to describe the Chicago Sinfonietta because of our belief that the most beautiful sounds are made when you combine all of the ‘voices’ of the community. The Chicago Sinfonietta has a unique and wonderful sound as a result of our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness."


Maestro Paul Freeman

Founder and Music Director
Chicago Sinfonietta

Fanfare Magazine proclaimed Maestro Paul Freeman to be “…one of the finest conductors our nation has produced.” Born in Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Paul Freeman has established himself as one of America’s leading conductors. In 1987, he became the founding music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta. In 1996, he was appointed music director and chief conductor of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague, a position he holds simultaneously with his Sinfonietta post. He records and tours with both orchestras on a regular basis. From 1979 to 1989, he served as Music Director of the Victoria Symphony in Canada. He has also served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic in Finland, as Associate Conductor of the Dallas Symphony, Conductor in-residence of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and as Music Director of the Opera Theatre of Rochester, New York.


A recipient of the Mahler Award from the European Union of Arts, Freeman is in constant demand as a Guest Conductor all over the world. He has conducted over 100 orchestras in over 30 different countries. As one of America’s most successful recording conductors, Dr. Freeman has to his credit approximately 200 releases, including a series tracking the history of black symphonic composers from 1750 to the present.

In 2004, Dr. Freeman began a project called Global Maestro, consisting of a 13-week series of two-hour radio programs featuring music, which he recorded with international orchestras, including the Chicago Sinfonietta. The series was syndicated to over 150 cities in the U.S. and several countries by WFMT. Freeman has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and has received numerous awards for his recordings. As a media personality, he has been involved in more than a dozen televised orchestral productions, and garnered recognition in The History Makers Project.

Dr. Freeman, who studied on a U.S. Fulbright Grant at the Hoschschülefül Musik in Berlin, holds a PhD degree from the Eastman School of Music and LHD Degrees from Dominican University and Loyola University. Through his artistry, Freeman passionately promotes innovative change and diversity.

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