Conductor Joel Revzen, well known for his work with Festival Napa Valley, succumbed to complications caused by COVID-19 at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in New York on Memorial Day 2020, just a few weeks before his 75th birthday.
Revzen led a long, varied, and successful international career, spending much of the last 20 years at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He was instrumental in creating the Festival Orchestra Napa, with a core of musicians from the MET, along with top players from other leading orchestras around the world.
At Festival Napa Valley, he became a beloved faculty member of the Blackburn Music Academy, leading its students every summer in concerts, master classes, and workshops.
Festival Napa Valley announces the Joel Revzen Conducting Fellowship, to be awarded every summer to advance the career of a promising young conductor.