Born and raised in France (and a cool French island off the coast of South Africa), Geraldine Anello is a music director, pianist and conductor based in New York.
She has conducted on Broadway at Kinky Boots, and played in the orchestras of Broadway’s School of Rock, Bronx Tale, Aladdin, Kinky Boots and On the Town, as well as for The Radio City Spring Spectacular; and played for actors’ rehearsals for Broadway’s Matilda, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Finding Neverland, and An American in Paris.
Off-Broadway, she has piano/conducted The Fantasticks, played in the orchestra of Trip of Love, and played rehearsals for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.
As a music director and conductor, she most recently led the benefit concert Double Standards at New York’s renown venue Town Hall, organized and hosted by Laura Bell Bundy and featuring stars such as Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Rosie O’Donnell, Liz Callaway, Judy Khun, Lena Hall and Eden Espinosa.
Before that she had music directed the acclaimed revival of Finian’s Rainbow with Melissa Enrico and Ken Jennings at the Irish Repertory Theatre, and Children of Salt with a 10-piece Latin band and a cast that included Mexican star Mauricio Martinez.
A champion of new works, she has music directed the New York premiere of Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money written by Motown songwriter legend Robert Dozier, Chick Flick the Musical, the world premieres of A Wonderful Noise, Swiss Family Robinson, the reading of By Wing and By Wheel directed by House of Card’s Jayne Atkinson, and You Will Die Alone.
She was associate music director for the readings of The Names We Gave Him at New York City’s Public Theater, Len Moors’ Petrified, How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and the Music of Lerner and Loewe at the Irish Repertory Theatre.
Beyond her groove and pop experience, her background in classical music leads her to be called to lead revivals and concerts, including conducting a 12-piece band in Drowsy Chaperone, Daddy Long Legs and Babes in Arms at the Rubicon Theatre Company.
After studying at the National Conservatory of Clermont-Ferrand and of Lyon, she moved to the United States, not speaking a word of English!
She loved the US so much that she decided to stay beyond her original year long study abroad program. She was awarded then a full scholarship and full assistantship at Western Michigan University, where she graduated with a Master of Music. She was offered another scholarship and full time assistantship at Boston University, where she received her Doctorate in Musical Arts. Both schools awarded her entrance into the Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda.
And oui, she can now speak English fluently!