Leon Botstein

Leon Botstein (born 14 December 1946 in Zurich ) is an American conductor and musicologist.

Botstein attended until 1962, the New York High School of Music & Art He then studied at the University of Chicago and Harvard University, and in 1970 President of the Franconia College. Since 1975 he has been President of Bard College, where in 1990 he founded the Bard Music Festival. Since 1993 he has been the musical director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. From 2003 to 2011 he was also director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra musikalischerv. As a guest conductor he worked, inter alia, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.

Botstein et al played Recordings of works by Ernest Chausson, Aaron Copland, Roger Sessions, George Perle, Ernst von Dohnányi, Franz Liszt, Anton Bruckner, Bela Bartok, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Max Reger and Reinhold Gliers one. With the American Symphony Orchestra, he recorded a live performance of Richard Strauss 's operas The Egyptian Helen ( Deborah Voigt ) and Die Liebe der Danae ( with Lauren Flanigan ). His album with Gavriil Popov's First Symphony and Dmitri Shostakovich's Theme and Variations was nominated for the 2004 Grammy for Best Orchesteraufnmahme.

Furthermore, Botstein editor of The Musical Quarterly and published articles and books on music and Judaism (including Freud and Wittgenstein - Language and human nature ). He was awarded the Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Centennial Award from Harvard University and the Austrian Cross of Honour First Class. In 2009 he was awarded the Carnegie Foundation 's Academic Leadership Award, the 2011 Leonard Bernstein Award for the Elevation of Music in Society. Since 2011 he is member of the American Philosophical Society.


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