Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has established a reputation as a versatile artist with a diverse repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to Gershwin, Osvaldo Golijov, and John Adams.
Mr. Kahane appears as soloist and conductor with major ensembles, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, and is also a popular artist at all of the major US summer festivals, including Aspen, Blossom, Caramoor, Mostly Mozart, and Ravinia.
In May 2017 Jeffrey Kahane completed his 20th and final season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He previously served as music director of the Colorado Symphony (2005–10) and of the Santa Rosa Symphony (for 10 seasons, where he is now conductor laureate). In August 2016 he was appointed music director of the Sarasota Music Festival. He has received much recognition for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement with all three orchestras, and received ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. He has recorded for the SONY, EMI, Telarc, RCA, Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Records, Decca / Argo, and Haenssler labels
Mr. Kahane made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983, and has since given recitals in many of the nation’s major music centers, including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Since making his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988, he has appeared as a guest conductor at the major US orchestras. His recent and upcoming engagements include play / conduct appearances with the New York Philharmonic; Houston, Colorado, San Diego, San Antonio, and Phoenix symphony orchestras; and the Indianapolis, Vancouver, and Milwaukee symphony orchestras. He performs concertos with the Toronto, Cincinnati, New Jersey, New World, Oregon, and Utah symphony orchestras and appears at the Aspen, Britt, Oregon Bach, and Tippet Rise festivals, as well as with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia and with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.
A Los Angeles native, Jeffrey Kahane is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was First Prize winner at the 1983 Rubinstein Competition, a finalist at the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition, and the recipient of a 1983 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He teaches at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.