Applauded by the Washington Post as “talented and poised with strong potential” conductor Rei Hotoda is rapidly becoming one of America’s dynamic conductors. She has guest conducted orchestras throughout North America and Europe including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra and the International Contemporary Ensemble. As a protégé of Marin Alsop, Ms. Hotoda was winner of the 2006 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, a fellowship created by Marin Alsop to mentor women conductors. Ms. Hotoda is a finalist for the Music Director positions with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, the Duluth Superior Symphony and ProMusica. She will be guest conducting these orchestras in their 2011-12 Season.