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Burgstaller - Desbordes Duo

Joe Burgstaller, trumpet

Julie Desbordes, conductor

Dynamic husband and wife team Joe Burgstaller and Julie Desbordes

combine for inspirational concerts and educational events.

Julie Desbordes conducts professional and community orchestras in North and South America, her native France and Asia. Currently living in both New York City and Baltimore, her recent international appearances as guest conductor include concerts in Venezuela, Cuba, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Malaysia in recent seasons. Her repertoire stands from master works to premieres of contemporary pieces.


She is the Artistic Director of two orchestras in New York City: the Turtle Bay Youth Orchestra and the Queer Urban Orchestra. Mrs. Desbordes harbors a passion for education and outreach. She is a leader in the El Sistema movement, being invited to conduct many El Sistema inspired youth orchestras internationally, having been runner-up for the Directorship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s El Sistema-inspired Youth Orchestra program (YOLA), being a featured guest at El Sistema programs nationwide, as well as being featured in a powerful documentary about El Sistema-inspired programs in the US: “Crescendo! The Power of Music” (available on Netflix), by Jamie Bernstein (daughter of Leonard Bernstein).

A star in the making.  Julie Desbordes has that unteachable natural gift of being an inspiring conductor leader for high level musicians and an inspiring teacher to music learners at all levels. Run, don’t walk, to bring her into your organization.

-Eric Booth-

The Real Thing. Any orchestra in this world would be fortunate indeed to have Julie Desbordes in their midst – and on their podium.

-Jamie Bernstein-

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