The Southwest Florida Symphony has announced the appointment of Radu Paponiu, 32, as its next music director. Paponiu also serves as the associate conductor and youth orchestra director of the Naples Philharmonic. Born in Romania, Paponiu started studying the violin in his native country. Later he managed to be accepted in the Perlman program, the summer school of Itzhak Perlman. He graduated from the Los Angeles Conservatory.


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