Richard Kaufman has devoted much of his musical life to conducting and supervising music for film and television productions, as well as to performing film and classical music in concert halls and on recordings. The 2017–18 season marks his 12th with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert series CSO at the Movies, and his 27th as principal pops conductor of the Pacific Symphony. He is the permanent pops conductor laureate of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
In 2015 Mr. Kaufman made his conducting debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra, substituting for John Williams at the annual Pops Film Night; Mr. Williams invited Mr. Kaufman to share the podium at the annual Tanglewood Film Night in 2016. In July 2016 he conducted the San Diego Symphony in a live performance of Michael Giacchino’s score for Star Trek Beyond, accompanying the film in its gala World Premiere two days before its theatrical release.
Mr. Kaufman regularly conducts symphony orchestras including those in Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Louis, London, Liverpool, Indianapolis, San Diego, as well as Dublin’s RTE Concert Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In addition to traditional concert presentations, he often leads performances of complete film scores in concert — synchronized to a screening of the film above the orchestra — including legendary titles such as Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Psycho, Casablanca, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Amadeus.
Richard Kaufman received the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. He has released two recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, and recorded critically acclaimed CDs with the Nuremberg Symphony, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Berlin’s Brandenburg Philharmonic.
As a violinist, Mr. Kaufman performed on numerous film and television scores including Jaws, Saturday Night Fever, and (in a moment of desperation) Animal House. He has recorded with artists including John Denver, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, The Carpenters, and Ray Charles.
Mr. Kaufman joined the music department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in 1984, and for 18 years supervised music for MGM. He received two Emmy Award nominations for the animated series The Pink Panther. He has also coached actors in musical roles, among them Jack Nicholson, Armand Assante, Dudley Moore, and Tom Hanks.
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