Leonard Slatkin is music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL). He also appears as a guest conductor throughout the world and is active as a composer, author, and educator. His 2015–16 season highlights included a three-week Brahms festival in Detroit; engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and NHK symphony orchestras; and debuts with Beijing’s China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. His summer schedule included a tour of Japan with the ONL and performances of Barber’s Vanessa in Santa Fe.
In addition to his regular duties in Detroit and Lyon, in 2016–17 he returns to St. Louis; tours the U.S. and Europe with the ONL; conducts Cologne’s WDR Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and Orchestra of the Teatro di San Carlo; and serves as chairman of the jury and conductor of the 2017 Cliburn Competition.
Mr. Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have earned 7 Grammy awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos recordings 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). He has also recorded the complete Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads).
A National Medal of Arts recipient, Leonard Slatkin’s honors include being named Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor and receiving 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 book, Conducting Business.
Mr. Slatkin has been music director of the New Orleans, St. Louis, and National symphony orchestras; chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra; and principal guest conductor of London’s Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and Minnesota Orchestra. He has conducted leading orchestras including the New York, London, Berlin, Israel, Los Angeles, Oslo, and Royal Stockholm philharmonic orchestras; BBC, London, Bavarian Radio, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco symphony orchestras; as well as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Orchestre de Paris. His opera appearances have included The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, and Paris’s Opéra Bastille.
Born in Los Angeles to a distinguished musical family, Leonard Slatkin began his musical training on the violin and first studied conducting with his father, followed by Walter Susskind at Aspen and Jean Morel at The Juilliard School.
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