THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA | 2018-2019
Principal Pops Conductor
Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s
most innovative and sought after pops conductors.
Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements,
original programming and engaging rapport with
audiences of all ages. This is the sixth season
that Tyzik has held The Dot and Paul Mason
Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas
Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as principal
pops conductor of the Detroit Symphony, Oregon
Symphony and Florida Orchestra. This season,
Tyzik will celebrate his 25th season as principal
pops conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic
Frequently invited as a guest conductor, Tyzik
has appeared with over fifty orchestras including
the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee
Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto
Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia
Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre
Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Malaysian
Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish
In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released
a recording of works by Gershwin with Tyzik
conducting the RPO and acclaimed pianist Jon
Nakamatsu. This recording stayed in the Top 10 on
the Billboard classical chart for over three months.
Alex Ross of The New Yorker, called it “one of the
snappiest Gershwin discs in years.” “His concert is
the kind of thing that’s likely to give classical music
a good name, perhaps even make it seem, dare I
say, relevant,” writes John Pitcher of the Gannett
As an accomplished composer and arranger,
Tyzik has had his compositions recorded by the
London Symphony Orchestra, Erich Kunzel and
the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Rochester
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony
and Doc Severinsen with the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra in London. He has also produced and
composed theme music for many of the major
television networks, including ABC, NBC, HBO, and
Cinemax, and released six of his own albums on
Capitol, Polygram and Amherst Records.
Tyzik worked closely with Doc Severinsen on many
projects including orchestrating many of the great
band leader’s symphony orchestra programs. He
produced a Grammy Award winning album, The
Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen, Vol. 1.
Tyzik’s subsequent recordings with Severinsen
garnered three more Grammy nominations.
A native of Hyde Park, New York, Tyzik began his life
in music when he first picked up a cornet at age nine.
He studied both classical and jazz throughout high
school and went on to earn both his bachelor’s and
master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music.
While there, he studied composition/arranging with
Radio City Music Hall’s Ray Wright and jazz studies
with Chuck Mangione. Tyzik subsequently toured
with Mangione as lead trumpet and worked on five
Mangione recordings as a producer and performer
from 1976 to 1981.
Committed to performing music of all genres, Tyzik
has collaborated with such diverse artists as Megan
Hilty, Chris Botti, Matthew Morrison, Wynonna
Judd, Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw,
Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains,
Mark O’Connor, and John Pizzarelli. Tyzik has
created numerous original programs that include
the greatest music from jazz, classical, Motown,
Broadway, film, dance, Latin and swing.