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Botstein, Leon (conductor)
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Leon Botstein (conductor)

Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now, an innovative training orchestra composed of top musicians from around the world. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, and artistic co-director of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation. He is also conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, whom he served as music director from 2003–11. In 2018 he assumes artistic directorship of the Graffeneg Academy in Austria. He is also a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the globe, has made numerous recordings, and is a prolific author and music historian. He is the editor of the prestigious The Musical Quarterly, and has received many honours for his contributions to music.

Mr Botstein was born in Zurich and moved to the US with his family as a child. He studied violin with Roman Totenberg and faculty from the National Conservatory in Mexico City. He attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City and graduated at the age of 16. At the University of Chicago, he studied with composer Richard Wernick and musicologists H Colin Slim and Howard Mayer Brown. In 1967 he studied at Tanglewood and went on to complete his PhD at Harvard University, where he was the assistant conductor of the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra and conductor of the Doctors’ Orchestra of Boston. In 1969 he won a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and worked as a special assistant to the president of the NYC Board of Education. At 23 he was recruited to become president of Franconia College, becoming the youngest college president in history. While there he founded the White Mountain Music Festival. In 1975 he became president of Bard College.


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