Maestro-Novo-2Annapolis is proud to be home to the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO). Now in its 53rd season, it continues to flourish as a dynamic artistic force within the region. Music director and conductor Maestro José-Luis Novo, now in his tenth season with the ASO, deserves much credit for the symphony’s growing success.

Hailing from Spain, Maestro Novo began studying violin at the conservatory of his hometown, Valladolid, when he was just 10. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels before coming to the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar, earning both a Master of Music and a Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale University. Only afterwards did he pursue studies in orchestral conducting, via a fellowship at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since then, he’s enjoyed a rich career throughout Europe and the U.S. as a violinist, conductor and music director, and educator.

Recently, Maestro Novo spoke to us at He reminisced about his fervent desire to become a musician from the time he was a young child, talked about the strong tradition of classical music in Europe that he and many others have brought to the U.S., expressed enthusiasm for the abundant support that the local community has shown to the ASO, and more.