The Manhattan Symphonie was founded in the year 2005 by Gregory Singer who follows in his father’s (Conductor Jacques Singer) footsteps. This orchestra is comprised of musicians that are eager to play music without any limitations. The members are young virtuoso musicians eager to make their mark, as well as seasoned veterans of the three Lincoln Center orchestras including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
“These are some of the finest musicians New York City has raised and nurtured.”
Wrote Daniel Lucy of the NY-Tokyo Express publication in 2005
The Manhattan Symphonie enjoys performing American popular arrangements such as those by Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Copland and Irving Berlin, plus movie sound tracks as well as the great masterworks of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and more.
In 2007 The Amsterdam News wrote
“ Singer’s charming and witty commentaries put the large audience on first-name basis with each of the composers, sending out Good Vibes.”
In August of 2008, The New York Sun wrote regarding The Manhattan Symphonie,
“most notable for the unbounded enthusiasm of the players who seemed to realize how blessed they were to be able to intone such heavenly music- a far cry from most local professional bands”.
The orchestra has performed numerous concerts, outreach clinics, masterclasses, and fundraisers with many soloist, including violinists; Leonidas Kavakos, Nina Beilina, Ryu Goto, PeiWen Liao, Tong Tong and Cellists Wendy Warner, Nicholas Anderson, and Yoed Nir, Pianists; Katsura Tanikawa and Olga Venakur. The orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 and continues to perform primarily throughout the New York Tri-State area.
In 2009 the orchestra was invited to perform a series of concerts throughout China to celebrate 30 years of good relationship between The US and China. They visited 10 cities and performed 14 concerts during Christmas and New Years season. All concerts were very well received by the thousands in attendance on each occasion.
In 2010, on the anniversary of 9/11, The Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra gave a gala New York performance of the Dvorak “New World Symphony,” as an appropriately chosen feature of the Third Annual Circle Wind Memorial Concert, honoring the fallen victims of the terrorist attacks nine years earlier. The highly enthusiastic response led to a return engagement for the orchestra a year later, to present a double musical tribute to both the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, and the numerous sufferers of the devastating earthquake in Japan on March 11, 2011, and they recently gave a U.S.-Philippines Relief Concert to aid in the recovery effort after the catastrophic 2013 typhoon.
The Manhattan Symphonie’s successful events are continuing to gain momentum, from the impact of their initiative for a special type of global healing.