Biography

Leonard Slatkin

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Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of both the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. During the 2012-13 season he led the DSO in highly acclaimed concerts at Carnegie Hall, including one concert in which all four Charles Ives symphonies were presented in a single evening; directed the Orchestre National de Lyon in a triumphant Paris concert of Ravel’s L’heure espangole and L’enfant et les sortilèges; and celebrated Rachmaninoff’s 140th anniversary with Denis Matsuev and the State Symphony of Russia in Moscow.

During the 2013-14 season, Maestro Slatkin will conduct at Penderecki’s 80th birthday celebration in Warsaw, record with Anne Akiko Meyers and the London Symphony, and appear with the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony and the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood.

Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have won seven Grammy awards and earned 64 nominations. With the Orchestre National de Lyon he has embarked on recording cycles of the Rachmaninoff piano concerti with Olga Kern and the symphonic works of Maurice Ravel and Hector Berlioz. With the Detroit Symphony he has made available a digital box set of the Beethoven symphonies and plans to release the concerti and symphonies of Tchaikovsky in the future.

Slatkin has received the USA’s prestigious National Medal of Arts, the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Gold Baton Award and several ASCAP awards. He has earned France’s Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, Austria’s Declaration of Honor in Silver, and honorary doctorates from The Julliard School, Indiana University, Michigan State University and Washington University in St. Louis. He is also the recipient of a 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his book, Conducting Business.

Slatkin has served as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. He has held Principal Guest Conductor positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Founder and director of the National Conducting Institute and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, Slatkin continues his conducting and teaching activities at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.

Born in Los Angeles to a distinguished musical family, he is the son of conductor-violinist Felix Slatkin and cellist Eleanor Aller, founding members of the famed Hollywood String Quartet. He began his musical studies on the violin and studied conducting with his father, followed by Walter Susskind at Aspen and Jean Morel at The Juilliard School.

October, 2013

 

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