Leon Botstein has been music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He recently was named conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, which he had served as music director since 2003. He is also the founder and co-artistic director of the SummerScape Festival and the Bard Music Festival, now in its 22nd year. He has been president of Bard College since 1975.
Mr. Botstein maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor throughout Europe and may also be heard on numerous recordings, including operas by Strauss, Dukas, and Chausson, as well as works of Shostakovich, Dohnányi, Liszt, Bruckner, Bartók, Hartmann, Reger, Glière, Szymanowski, Brahms, Copland, Sessions, Perle, and Rands. Many live recordings with the American Symphony Orchestra are now available for download on the Internet.
He is the editor of The Musical Quarterly
and the author of numerous articles and books. In spring 2011 he was chosen to give the prestigious Tanner Lectures on Human Values at the University of California, Berkeley. For his contributions to music he has received the award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Harvard University’s prestigious Centennial Award as well as the Cross of Honor, First Class from the government of Austria. He is a 2009 recipient of the Carnegie Foundation’s Academic Leadership Award and recently was inducted into the American Philosophical Society.