Music directorship endowed by the Kresge Foundation
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 Detroit Symphony in highly acclaimed concerts at Carnegie Hall including one concert in which all four Charles Ives Symphonies were presented in one evening; led the Orchestre National de Lyon in a triumphant Paris concert of Ravel’s “L’heure espangole” and “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” 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 in Warsaw, record with Anne-Akiko Myers and the London Symphony, and appear with the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, St Louis Symphony, and with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood.
Leonard Slatkin's more than 100 recordings have won seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. With the Orchestre National de Lyon he has embarked on recording cycles of the symphonic works of Maurice Ravel, Hector Berlioz and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerti with Olga Kern, and with the Detroit Symphony he has made available a digital box set of the Beethoven Symphonies, and in the future the concerti and symphonies of Tchaikovsky.
Mr. Slatkin has received the USA’s 2003 National Medal of Arts, the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Gold Baton and several ASCAP awards. He has received France’s Chevalierof 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.
Mr. Slatkin has served as Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has held Principal Guest Conductor positions with the Royal Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, Philharmonia Orchestra of London and the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Founder and director of both the National Conducting Institute and the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, Slatkin continues his conducting and teaching activities at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.
Born in Los Angeles to a distinguished musical family, his parents were the conductor-violinist Felix Slatkin and cellist Eleanor Aller, founding members of the famed Hollywood String Quartet. Mr. Slatkin began his musical studies on the violin and studied conducting with his father, Walter Susskind at Aspen and Jean Morel at The Juilliard School.