Gerard Floriano is an accomplished musical pluralist whose passions include conducting orchestral, operatic, and choral repertoire, teaching young musicians from the podium or in the classroom, and creating concert programs that engage as well as educate. The founder and Artistic Director of Finger Lakes Opera and Music Director of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Maestro Floriano has conducted performances in Prague, Barcelona, Florence, Rome and Vienna, and at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, as well as operas in numerous venues throughout the United States, and he has been recognized by some of America's premier musical organizations including the League of American Orchestras, the Brevard Summer Music Festival, and the Music Educators’ National Conference.  While many musicians maintain an interest in multiple musical genres, Maestro Floriano communicates his passion for orchestral music, opera and choral music, while creating highly successful musical experiences.