In addition to conducting the South Florida Youth Symphony, Dr. Richard Yaklich has conducted orchestras throughout the United States and Eastern Europe, including the Maikop Philharmonic and the Socchie Symphony Orchestra. Yaklich attended the Tanglewood Music Center where he studied conducting with Gustav Meier, Charles Dutoit, Leon Fleisher, Maurice Abravanel, and Seiji Ozawa. A former Director of the Jubilate Chamber Orchestra, Yaklich was a winner of the Walter Charles Conducting Fellowship.
In addition to conducting, Yaklich is an active cellist and composer, with works performed by the Colorado Symphony and the Filharmonica de Stat Satu Mare in Romania. His Theme and Variations for Orchestra was performed by the South Florida Youth Orchestra in January of 2003, and his In Memorium was given its world premiere at the University of Miami in 2007.
Yaklich is Associate Professor of Music at Florida Memorial University. He has received a Colorado Arts and Humanities Grant, an Allied Arts, Inc. grant, and is listed in Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities. His publications include The Struggle for Life in the Middle Ages and the Chaos of the Renaissance, and books on orchestra repertoire and musical form and analysis.
Yaklich received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Colorado; his Master’s degree in music from Colorado State University and his Doctorate from the University of South Carolina.