Equally at home at the keyboard and on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a versatile artist, with a diverse repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to Gershwin, Osvaldo Golijov, and John Adams.
He has appeared as soloist and conductor with major orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, and is also a popular artist at all of the major U.S. summer festivals, including Aspen, Blossom, Caramoor, Mostly Mozart, and Ravinia. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983 and has given recitals in major music centers in New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Since his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988, Mr. Kahane has led many of the major U.S. orchestras.
He was music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa Symphonies, and just concluded his 20-year tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, of which he is now conductor laureate. He is currently artistic director of the Sarasota Music Festival, which offers master classes and chamber music coaching and features chamber music and orchestral concerts performed by highly advanced students, young professionals, and faculty members.
Recent and upcoming engagements include playing with and conducting the New York Philharmonic and the Houston, Indianapolis, Vancouver, Detroit, Milwaukee, Colorado, San Diego, and Phoenix symphony orchestras; concerto appearances with the Toronto, Cincinnati, New World, Oregon, and Utah symphony orchestras; and appearances 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.
Recognized for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement, he 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.
A Los Angeles native and graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Jeffrey Kahane 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.