Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized by audiences for his mastery of repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to Gershwin, Osvaldo Golijov, and John Adams. Since his 1983 Carnegie Hall debut, he has given recitals in major music centers including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and has appeared as soloist with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Toronto and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, and at all of the major U.S. summer festivals.
Since his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988, Mr. Kahane has led many of the major U.S. orchestras, from New York and Philadelphia to Chicago and Los Angeles. He is currently in his 20th and final season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, in which he leads a three-week, citywide festival with an educational an outreach project honoring composer Kurt Weill and civil rights activist Rabbi Joachim Prinz. He also served as music director of the Colorado Symphony, music director of the Santa Rosa Symphony (where he is now conductor laureate), and artistic director of the new Green Music Center Chamberfest in Sonoma, California.
Mr. Kahane’s 2016–17 season guest engagements include returns to the Oregon Bach, Ravinia, and Mostly Mozart festivals; the Houston, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, and Alabama symphony orchestras; and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and CAL Performances at University of California–Berkeley. Recent highlights include three appearances with the New York Philharmonic over four seasons, as well as engagements as both performer and conductor with the San Francisco, National, Detroit, Vancouver, and Indianapolis symphony orchestras and the Camerata Salzburg, Hamburg Symphony, and Real Philharmonic de Galicia in Spain.
Jeffrey Kahane has been recognized for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement, including through honors such as ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. Mr. Kahane has recorded for the SONY, EMI, Telarc, RCA, Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Records, Decca/Argo and Haenssler labels. The Los Angeles native and graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, received first prize at the 1983 Rubinstein Competition, was a finalist at the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition, and received a 1983 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is currently a professor of keyboard studies at the University of Southern California–Thornton School of Music.