In 2017–18, conductor Leonard Slatkin celebrates his tenth and final season as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), and his first in the new role of honorary music director of the Orchestre national de Lyon (ONL). He also welcomes the publication of his second book, Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians, and the Music Industry, and serves as jury chairman of the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors. His guest conducting schedule includes engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, in addition to the New York Philharmonic.
Recent highlights include a three-week tour of Asia with the DSO; tours of the U.S. and Europe with the ONL; a winter Mozart Festival in Detroit; and engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and Naples’s Orchestraof the Teatro di San Carlo. He also served as chairman of the jury and conductor of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Mr. Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have garnered 7 Grammy Awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos releases include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninoff, Alla Borzova, Cindy McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, Mr. Slatkin has recorded the complete Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky symphonic cycles with the DSO (available as digital downloads).
A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Mr. Slatkin holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received Austria’s Decoration of Honor in Silver, the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his debut book, Conducting Business.
Leonard Slatkin has conducted virtually all the leading orchestras in the world. He has served as music director in New Orleans; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; London (with the BBC Symphony Orchestra); and Lyon, France. He has also served as principal guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Cleveland.