Andrew Litton

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Andrew Litton (born May 16, 1959, New York City) is an American orchestral conductor. Litton is a graduate of The Fieldston School, and holds both undergraduate and Masters degrees in music from Juilliard. His early teachers included John DeMaio.

Litton started his conducting career with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where he served as the principal conductor from 1988 to 1994, and is now its conductor laureate. He served for twelve seasons as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 2006,[1] following which he was named Music Director Emeritus. Since 2003, he has been Artistic Director of the Sommerfest concerts of the Minnesota Orchestra, and in June 2008, his contract in this post was extended to 2011.[2] He has been Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway since 2003. In June 2008, his contract with the Bergen Philharmonic was extended through the 2010-2011 season.[3] In March 2011, his Bergen contract was further extended through 2015.[4] He is scheduled to conclude his Bergen tenure in 2015 and to take the title of conductor laureate with the orchestra.[5] In June 2012, Litton accepted the post of Artistic Adviser with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra through the 2014-2015 season beginning September 1, 2012.[6] In August 2013, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra elevated Litton's title to Music Director, with immediate effect.[7][8]

Litton's recordings include a Grammy-winning William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with Bryn Terfel and the Bournemouth Symphony, a set of Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos with pianist Stephen Hough, a live performance recording of Sweeney Todd, performed with the New York Philharmonic, which received a Grammy nomination. Other recordings: a Decca Walton Centennial boxed set, the complete Tchaikovsky Symphonies with the Bournemouth Symphony, the complete Rachmaninoff Symphonies with the Royal Philharmonic, Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and many Gershwin recordings, both as conductor and pianist, with the Dallas Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, and Royal Philharmonic.

Litton was a participant in Affiliate Artists Exxon-Arts Endowment Conductors Program.[9] In 2003, he was awarded Yale University's Sanford Medal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Morrison (2005-12-02). "ENO regrets? No, just plans". The Times. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 
  2. ^ Rob Hubbard, "Sommerfest artistic director Litton extends contract with Minnesota Orchestra". Pioneer Press, 30 June 2008.
  3. ^ Charlotte Smith, "Andrew Litton extends his contract as Bergen Philharmonic music director". Gramophone, 12 June 2008.
  4. ^ Åge Algerøy & Halvor Folgerø (2011-03-23). "Smilande dirigent tar fire nye år". NRK. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Edward Gardner to head the Bergen Philharmonic". Gramophone. 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  6. ^ Wenzel, John. "Andrew Litton plans to take Colorado Symphony Orchestra on tour, on CD". Denver Post. 
  7. ^ "Andrew Litton Named Colorado Symphony Music Director" (Press release). Colorado Symphony Orchestra. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  8. ^ Ray Mark Rinaldi (2013-08-21). "CSO conductor Litton named orchestra music director". Denver Post. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  9. ^ Holland, Bernard, "Music: Young Musicians Sell Their Wares Door to Door", New York Times, August 20, 1989

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Rudolf Barshai
Principal Conductor, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
1988–1994
Succeeded by
Yakov Kreizberg
Preceded by
Eduardo Mata
Music Director, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
1994–2006
Succeeded by
Jaap van Zweden
Preceded by
Simone Young
Principal Conductor, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
2003–present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Jeffrey Kahane
Music Director, Colorado Symphony Orchestra
2013-present
Succeeded by
incumbent