Michael Tilson Thomas

Biography

Born: Dec 21, 1944; USA  
Michael Tilson Thomas is among the most famous American-born conductors, with a bright, extroverted personality and a wide-ranging repertoire that has allowed him to take a place at the forefront of experimenation with the form and content of symphonic concerts. His grandparents were Boris and Bessie Thomaschevsky, founders of New York's Yiddish Theater, and his father Ted Thomas was an avid amateur pianist and worked in films and Read more television.
Tilson Thomas attended the University of Southern California. where his composition and conducting teacher was Ingolf Dahl. At the age of 19 he was named music director of the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra, and was selected as accompanist for master classes by Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky. In 1969 he won the Koussevitzky Prize at the Tanglewood festival in Massachusetts, which carried with it an appointment as assistant conductor of the festival's parent, the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
On October 22, 1969, he was called to replace William Steinberg in a Carnegie Hall concert at the last minute, repeating the circumstances of Leonard Bernstein's sensational emergency debut 26 years earlier. The results were nearly identical: Tilson Thomas was catapulted into the top ranks of American conductors. In 1970 he was appointed associate conductor of the BSO. He has served as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, (1971-1979), principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1981-1985), principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (1988-1995), and was appointed music director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1995.
He is the founder of the Florida-based New World Symphony Orchestra, which comprises a group of young and promising professional symphonic musicians. Membership in that ensemble is now considered a desirable first step in an orchestral career. Tilson Thomas remains its music director and has recorded notable CDs with the group, including a highly popular Villa-Lobos compilation.
Also a composer, Tilson Thomas wrote From the Diary of Anne Frank on commission from UNICEF in 1990 (actress Audrey Hepburn was the narrator at the premiere). The work has been performed in several countries and languages. He has also written Showa/Shoáh for the city of Hiroshima's memorial services on the fiftieth anniversary of its nuclear bombing. Read less

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Biography

Born: Dec 21, 1944; USA  
Michael Tilson Thomas is among the most famous American-born conductors, with a bright, extroverted personality and a wide-ranging repertoire that has allowed him to take a place at the forefront of experimenation with the form and content of symphonic concerts. His grandparents were Boris and Bessie Thomaschevsky, founders of New York's Yiddish Theater, and his father Ted Thomas was an avid amateur pianist and worked in films and Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Elephant Drone; Elephants
Elephant Heartbeats
Don't You Believe?; My Ears
All Shook Up
Read My Palms; My Hands Are Inside the Wall; Gavotte
Read My Palm; Watch Me Move; I'm No Closer; Look At My Hands
Stop Seeing Reinhardt
Entr'Acte; Watch Me Put My Right Foot
I Am No Longer Beautiful; Beautiful As Is
We Sit in the Window
Gypsy Tango; Shoot Them
You're on the Radio; Radio Waves
Dreaming of Reinhardt
Midnight Sun
Photograph Song
Madrigals
Vaudeville Chase; Stirring Soup; A Strange Thing
Finale
Three Dances (2002 - Remaster): Dance No. 1
Three Dances (2002 Digital Remaster): Dance No. 2
Three Dances (2002 Digital Remaster): Dance No. 3
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Introduction (Day)
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 1: The Augurs of Spring: Dances of Young Girls
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Ritual of Abduction
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Spring Rounds
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Ritual of the Rival Tribes
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Procession of The Sage
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Dance Of The Earth
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 2: Introduction (Night)
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 2: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 2: Glorification of the Chosen One
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 2: Evocation of the Ancestors
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 2: Ritual Action of the Ancestors
The Rite Of Spring (2002 Digital Remaster), Part 2: Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)
Three Dances (2002 Digital Remaster): Dance No. 1
Three Dances (2002 Digital Remaster): Dance No. 2
Three Dances (2002 Digital Remaster): Dance No. 3
Scene I: The Shrovetide Fair: Vivace
Scene I: The Shrovetide Fair: The Magic Trick
Scene I: The Shrovetide Fair: Russian Dance
Scene II: Petrouchka's Cell
Scene III: The Moor's Cell: L'istesso tempo
Scene III: The Moor's Cell: Dance of the Ballerina
Scene III: The Moor's Cell: Waltz
Scene IV: The Fair (toward evening): Tempo giusto
Scene IV: The Fair (toward evening): Wet Nurses' Dance
Scene IV: The Fair (toward evening): Peasant with Bear
Scene IV: The Fair (toward evening): Gypsies and a Rake Vendor
Scene IV: The Fair (toward evening): Dance of the Coachmen
Scene IV: The Fair (toward evening): Masqueraders
Scene IV: The Fair (toward evening): The Scuffle (Moor and Petrouchka)
Scene IV: The Fair (toward evening): Death of Petrouchka
Scene IV: The Fair (toward evening): Appearance of Petrouchka's Ghost


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