Richard Kaufman has devoted much of his musical life to conducting and supervising music for film and television productions, as well as performing film and classical music in concert halls and on recordings. The 2019–20 season marks his 14th with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert series CSO at the Movies, and his 29th and final season as principal pops conductor of Pacific Symphony. In May 2020 he will be named principal pops conductor laureate, and he holds the permanent title of pops conductor laureate with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Kaufman’s 2019–20 season includes returns to the New York Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra. Recent highlights include his debuts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and the Handel and Haydn Society.
In 2015 Mr. Kaufman made his debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra, substituting for John Williams at the Annual Pops Film Night, and Mr. Williams invited Mr. Kaufman to share the podium at the annual Tanglewood Film Night in August 2016. In July 2016, two days before its official theatrical release, Mr. Kaufman conducted the San Diego Symphony in a live performance of Michael Giacchino’s new score for Star Trek Beyond, accompanying the film in its gala world premiere in IMAX.
One of the world’s leading conductors of film music, Mr. Kaufman regularly appears with The Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, Atlanta, St. Louis, London, RTÉ National, Indianapolis, and San Diego symphony orchestras. He is often asked to conduct such legendary film titles as Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Casablanca, The Bride of Frankenstein, Jaws, Pirates of the Caribbean, Silverado, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Amadeus, and Star Trek.
Richard Kaufman received the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. He supervised music for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios for 18 years, receiving two Emmy nominations.