Artistic Directors
Without music, life is a mistake.” – Carl Nietzche


Guillermo Figueroa
Music Director and Conductor
Since 2007, Figueroa has delighted audiences as Festival Music Director and Conductor. He recently started the Figueroa Project, a new, dynamic classic music company in Albuquerque. Previously, he served as Music Director and Conductor of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra for ten seasons, and is the former Music Director of the Puerto Rico Symphony. Figueroa is a renowned violinist, playing a 1686 Stradavari known as the "Figueroa Strad."  For 10 years, he was the Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet, appearing in more than 100 performances. A Berlioz specialist, Figueroa created a comprehensive Berlioz Festival in the U.S. in 2003 to commemorate the  200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.  Along with his father and uncle, he studied at Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico and at The Juilliard School. 
For more information, visit: guillermofigueroa.com

Gregory Hustis
Festival Artistic Director
Known for imaginative programming and sold - out performances, Hustis has been overseeing the Festival's programming and artists since 2007. In fact, Hustis launched the Music in the Mountains chamber music series in 1997 and has been a distinguished horn player in the festival's orchestra since 1988. For the past 37 years, he also has been principal horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and previously was the principal horn of the Hamilton Philharmonic in Ontario, Canada. In addition, he is an outstanding member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.  As an internationally known soloist, chamber music player, and recording artist, he has appeared internationally and often performs with Bravo! Vail, Sarasota Music Festival, and the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. Hustis is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and teaches horn at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

Mischa Semanitzky
Founder and Conductor Laureate
Semanitzky is the festival founder and conductor laureate. In 1987, he founded the festival with five concerts and 11 musicians. He nurtured the growth and became conductor laureate after the 21st season, when there were 41 chamber orchestral and conservatory concerts with more than 250 musicians.  In 1999, he launched the year-round Music in the Mountains Goes to School program for elementary and secondary school students in the Four Corners region. He made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1972 and served as Concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director and Conductor of the Pittsburgh Ballet and Les Grands Ballet Canadians of Montreal. He earned his bachelor's and master's music degrees from Yale and doctorate from Columbia. He is an Emeritus member of the festival's board of directors and resides in Phoenix with his wife.