Bohuslav Rattay


2019/2020 Season

August 21, 2019
Midland Symphony Pops


August 24, 2019
El Paso Symphony Pops
Music of ABBA


September 20/21, 2019
El Paso Symphony


October 5, 2019
Midland Symphony


October 18/19, 2019
El Paso Symphony


November 2, 2019
Midland Symphony


November 15/16, 2019
El Paso Symphony


December 14, 2019
Midland Symphony
Xmas Pops


January 17/18, 2020
El Paso Symphony


February 21/22, 2020
El Paso Symphony


April 18, 2020
Midland Symphony


April 24/25, 2020
El Paso Symphony


Czech-American conductor Bohuslav Rattay is a busy ambassador for classical music, working with orchestras across the globe to produce symphonic works of all kinds to a diverse audience. Music Director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the Midland Symphony Orchestra, he gains a reputation as one of the finest young talents of his generation. Mr. Rattay combines impassioned and virtuosic musicianship with a determination to bring great music into the lives of all people.

An enthusiastic promoter for classical music, Mr. Rattay strives to bring the traditional and innovative together in a manner exciting and fresh for his audience. He is renowned for his unique concert programs, incorporating special audience discussions and including multi-media elements. He is also appreciated for his passion for the classics, with special appreciation often given to his insightful understanding of the music of his native Bohemia. Rattay has been praised for his ability to communicate the depth of a diverse range of music to his audience, for the classics, “Rattay is certainly the man for Tchaikovsky’s fourth” (Charleston Today, 2011), and for the fashionable, “Watching him conduct is like watching a painter creating rich imagery to live music on a large canvas” (El Paso Times, 2013). His intelligent and vast programming allows him to connect to a broad range of audience, creating new symphony-goers while entertaining the enthusiasts.

Rattay’s talents and abilities are highly praised. He is internationally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for his fresh and inspired musical interpretations. He has received accolades for his “vibrant” performances and his “elegant panache,” (Charleston City Paper, 2009), his ability to lead the orchestra with his “infectious zest and physicality,” (Midland Daily News 2013), and his one-of-a-kind artistry, bringing “personal perspective… that will be remembered for many years,” (Duluth News Tribune, 2012).

His overflowing passion for classical music is highly solicited, recently appearing as guest conductor with the Colorado Symphony, the Duluth-Superior Symphony, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the West Michigan Symphony, the Irving Symphony Orchestra, and the Teplice Philharmonic in his native Czech Republic. Other recent engagements include the Virginia Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Prague's Dvořák Symphony Orchestra, and the Charleston (SC) Symphony, where he received several critical accolades. He has also conducted the National Symphony Orchestra as part of the National Conducting Institute and was selected by the American Symphony Orchestra League to participate in its Conducting Fellowship Program.

Believing in the power of education, Mr. Rattay is a committed pedagogue of the younger generations. He has been a music faculty member of the College of William and Mary, Ball State University, and is a frequent guest conductor of All-State and youth orchestras across the United States. The combination of his youthful energy along with his conducting skills make him highly valued as an inspirational mentor.

Mr. Rattay holds degrees from the Prague Conservatory, Rice University and the Peabody Institute of Music. He names Gustav Meier, Larry Rachleff, Benjamin Kamins, and Neeme Jarvi as his most influential teachers.


Music Director

2013-21 Music Director, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, TX
2012-21 Music Director, Midland Symphony Orchestra, MI
2010-18 Music Director, Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, LA
2006-12 Music Director, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Muncie, IN
2006-12 Music Director, Ball State University Symphony
2005-6 Music Director, College of William&Mary, Williamsburg, VA
2005 Assistant Conductor, Peabody Symphony Orchestra

Guest Conductor

2019 University of Texas at El Paso Symphony Orchestra, TX
2018 Mexico State Orchestra, Toluca Mexico
2017 West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Muskegon, MI
2017 Irving Symphony Orchestra, TX
2016 Antalya Symphony Orchestra, Turkey
2016 Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, TX
2016 Bogota Sinfonica de Colombia
2015 University of Texas at El Paso Symphony Orchestra, TX
2015 Bogota Sinfonica de Colombia
2015 Cypress Chamber Orchestra, Cypress, TX
2013 Teplice Philharmonic, Czech Republic
2013 Rainier Symphony Orchestra, WA
2012 Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Denver, CO
2012 Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Duluth, MN
2012 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head, SC
2009-11 Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston, SC
2010 West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Muskegon, MI
2006-8 Dvořák Symphony Orchestra, Prague, CZ
2007 Cernigov Symphony Orchestra, Ukraine
2007 Alabama All-State Symphony Orchestra, AL
2006 Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Norfolk, VA
2006 UT Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin, TX
2004 St. Petersburg Academic Orchestra, Russia
2004 Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Russia
2004 Parnu City Symphony Orchestra, Estonia
2002 Manchester Symphony Orchestra, CT


Past Concert Schedules