Keith Lockhart

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Not to be confused with Keith Lockhart (baseball).
Keith Lockhart
Keith Lockhart
Background information
Birth name Keith Alan Lockhart
Born (1959-11-07) November 7, 1959 (age 54)
Poughkeepsie, New York
Occupations conductor, pianist

Keith Alan Lockhart (born November 7, 1959) is the music director and principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra and the principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has been the music director of the Utah Symphony and he has held honorary titles in many other orchestras.

Early life[edit]

Born on November 7, 1959, in Poughkeepsie, New York, Lockhart is the elder of two children born to Newton Frederick and Marilyn Jean (Woodyard) Lockhart, who worked as computer professionals. He grew up in nearby Wappingers Falls and was educated in the public schools of New York's Dutchess County. He began studying piano at age seven.[1] He holds double bachelors degrees in German and Piano from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and a Masters of Conducting from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.[2] Keith Lockhart was initiated into Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity in 1978 by the Gamma Eta chapter at Furman University.[3]

Music career[edit]

Lockhart's conducting career began as the associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras, as well as music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. In 1995, Lockhart became the music director and principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, succeeding John Williams. He maintains this position to date. Additionally, from 1998 to 2009, Lockhart was also the music director and principal conductor of the Utah Symphony. In 2010, Lockhart became the principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra. Lockhart is also the Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor of the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival, a program which he attended as an adolescent.[4]

In addition to his principal conducting roles, Lockhart has been a guest conductor for numerous international orchestras, including Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.[4] Domestically, Lockhart has also conducted with including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony.[1] Since 1991, he has conducted over 100 programs with the Naples (FL) Philharmonic.

As a conductor, Lockhart has also been involved with many recording projects. Under the RCA label, Lockhart has recorded eight albums with the Boston Pops: Runnin’ Wild: Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops Orchestra Play Glenn Miller, American Visions, the Grammy-nominated The Celtic Album, Holiday Pops, A Splash of Pops, Encore!, the Latin Grammy-nominated The Latin Album, and My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration. Additionally, the Boston Pops has self-produced four albums with Lockhart as conductor: Sleigh Ride, America, Oscar & Tony, and The Red Sox Album.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Lockhart married Boston Pops violinist Lucia Lin in 1996. The couple divorced in 2005. They have one son, Aaron.[5] In 2007, Lockhart married his current wife, Emiley Zalesky. The two met while Zalesky was on a date at a restaurant in Boston. Zalesky is an attorney in Massachusetts.[6] The couple have a son, Edward Kellan Lockhart, who was born in 2010.[7]


  1. ^ a b Amerman, Don. "Keith Lockhart Biography". Musician Guide. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Biography of Keith Lockhart". Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c "Keith Lockhart". Columbia Artists Management. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Edgers, Geoff. "Behind the Smile". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Emiley Zalesky, Keith Lockhart". The New York Times. October 7, 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lockhart Welcomes Baby". Retrieved 8 August 2013.