Stuart Malina’s Bandersnatch quote from W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan fame, began, “Let the piano’s martial blast Rouse the echoes of the past.”
Malina got it exactly right. As a high school student he was the core of an exciting musical scene. For years, he and his brother danced, sang and conducted in Scarsdale’s annual summer musical. At Harvard he expanded his musical reach as the leader of the Crocodillos, a men’s singing group, and as the musical director and conductor of the Lowell House Opera. At the end of four years in Cambridge, Malina was honored by Harvard for his musical contributions.
Then he went to work, in turn becoming the Associate Conductor of the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Greensboro (NC) Symphony Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor of the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony Orchestra.
Maestro Malina has conducted all over the world. Among his guest conducting engagements were ones in Indianapolis, Pittsburg and Nashville. And February 2007 marks Malina’s Carnegie Hall debut in which he will play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on the piano.
Malina’s energy knows no boundaries. In June 2003, he won a TONY award for orchestration with Billy Joel of Movin’ Out; now he is music supervisor for both the National Tour of Movin’ Out and the European part of the show.