Gene Schiller

Music Director, Classical Music Host

Gene Schiller joined HPR in September, 1993 as a board operator. His first break came when he was asked to fill in for Music Director Alan Bunin. Six months later, he became the new host of Evening Concert, a program that runs on HPR-2 from 6 to 8 p.m. on weeknights.

In 1996, Gene was invited to take over the Sunday morning classical program, Sunday Brunch, which at the time was scheduled from 10 to noon. "About three years later, I turned it into a request program," he recalls, "and soon after that it was expanded to run from 9 to noon, still in the request format."

Gene, who continues on Sunday Brunch, now hosts Morning Cafe and Morning Concert every morning from 8:00 a.m. to noon. All three are regularly scheduled local classical programs heard on HPR-2.

Gene was named HPR's Music Director in 2001.

He was born in Los Angeles, and his family moved to Hawaiʻi in 1959 just as he entered the third grade. He's lived here ever since, attending St. Louis and then Kaimuki High School. Gene has been in radio for 18 years. He originally joined KORL as a host for a big band show. "I come from a family of musicians," he recalls, "and I am the only member who isn't a musician, doesn't read music or play an instrument - but I've always been a good listener."

Ways to Connect

HSO Artistic Director JoAnn Falleta and Composer Anders Paulsson  were in the studio this morning to talk about their upcoming performance with the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra featuring a new work by Paulsson titled "Kumulipo Reflections."

HSO's Mark Votapek

Feb 1, 2017

Gene Schiller interviews HSO Cellist Mark Votapek for an upcoming concert featuring the Brahms Violin and Cello Concerto in A minor

Andre Previn's Opera A Streetcar Named Desire, based on the famous play of the same name is being performed on January 27, 29, and 31st, 2017 at the NBC Concert Hall By Hawaii Opera Theatre. HPR's Gene Schiller sat down with singers from the HOT performance to talk about the opera.