George Daugherty has conducted more than 125 American and international orchestras and earned a Primetime Emmy Award, five Emmy nominations, and numerous other awards for his work in television and film. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2015 with four sold-out concerts at David Geffen Hall, and recently returned to guest conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra and made his debut with the Boston Pops and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap, appearing with each orchestra more than 20 times. Other recent appearances include the Pittsburgh and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has been a frequent guest conductor at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with which he has also recorded, and with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in London and on tour, including to the United States and Canada with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
Mr. Daugherty has also conducted the Dallas, Houston, Seattle, Baltimore, Montreal, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Vancouver, Toronto, Atlanta, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Syracuse, Winnipeg, Columbus, Edmonton, North Carolina, Charlotte, Delaware, Phoenix, New Orleans, Grant Park, Pacific, Danish National, Moscow, West Australia, Melbourne, and Adelaide symphony orchestras; Rochester, Calgary, Malaysian, and New Japan philharmonic orchestras; National Arts Centre Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Ireland’s RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela; and the major Italian opera houses of Rome, Florence, Torino, and Reggio Emilia. He has conducted for ballet dancers including Baryshnikov and Nureyev; American Ballet Theatre, Bavarian Staatsoper Ballet, Teatro alla Scala Ballet, and Teatro Regio di Torino; and served as music director of Ballet Chicago, Chicago City Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and Ballet San Jose.
George Daugherty received a Primetime Emmy as executive producer of ABC’s animation and live-action production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, which he also directed, wrote, and conducted, and for which he was also Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Music Direction. He was executive producer and writer of the PBS / Sesame Workshop children’s series Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, and received an Emmy nomination for his ABC network music education specials. Mr. Daugherty created the Bugs Bunny symphonic concert legacy in 1990, which has since played to millions of people worldwide.