Metrowest Symphony Orchestra Music Director
Dr. Peter L. Cokkinias
In September 1979 Peter Cokkinias conducted his first downbeat with the group now known as the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra. Cokkinias is equally at home conducting symphony, opera, ballet, and theater orchestras. He has conducted in Massachusetts—including the Boston Pops and Boston Ballet Orchestra—as well as Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Kentucky, New York, Texas, and California.
Peter Cokkinias is music director/conductor of the Franklin Performing Arts Center’s annual production of The Nutcracker and occasional musicals. Cokkinias produced seven fully-staged operas as conductor and founder of the Tufts Opera Theater. He founded the Berklee College of Music’s Contemporary Symphony Orchestra and helped to create the musical theater program at Berklee, whose seventh production—spring 2015—will be Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret. Cokkinias is using his fall 2014 sabbatical to research musical theater production.
Cokkinias’s conducting mentors include Erich Leinsdorf, Seiji Ozawa, John Williams, Andre Previn, Thomas Schippers, Boris Goldovsky, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein. He made his New York debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall conducting the Atlantic Sinfonietta in the U.S. premeire of George Benjamins’s A Mind of Winter.
A busy freelance clarinetist and saxophone player, Peter Cokkinias has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, and in shows at all the major Boston-area theaters. He is a founding member of the Boston Saxophone Quartet and administers their Noteworthy Scholars program, featuring First Night Boston performances of new works by high-school-aged composers.
A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Cokkinias holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music, the Hartt School (University of Hartford), and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.