Jeffrey Kahane


Born: 1957; Los Angeles, CA  
Jeffrey Kahane is an American pianist and conductor. As a pianist, Kahane in high demand as an accompanist, and is best known for his work with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Kahane grew up in West Los Angeles and began study the piano at the age of five. Kahane fell in love with rock & roll at the age of ten, got a guitar, taught himself to play the instrument and joined numerous bands of kids his own age, playing at school dances and Read more writing his own songs. At 15, Kahane was introduced to a new teacher, pianist/composer Jakob Gimpel, who reignited Kahane's love for classical music. Kahane studied piano and conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory and entered the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1981. He finished a respectable fourth place, but as this particular competition was nationally televised by PBS, the appearance also amounted to his network broadcast debut, and led to his concert career. In 1983, Kahane won the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Israel, and made his Carnegie Hall debut in a Rubinstein Tribute Concert. Kahane soon became a favored accompanist for Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, and Joshua Bell. In 1987, Kahane was awarded the first Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. In the late 1980s, Kahane was invited to perform a Mozart piano concerto and to conduct the work from the keyboard at the Oregon Bach Festival. The success of this appearance opened the door to Kahane's second career as a conductor.

In 1991, Kahane founded the Gardner Chamber Orchestra in Boston, a group of young professionals and students in Boston, and led it for four years. In 1995 Kahane was named music director of the Santa Rosa (California) Symphony Orchestra, a well-respected regional orchestra, largely made up of professional musicians from the nearby greater San Francisco area. Kahane held this position until relinquishing to Scott Yoo in 2006; Kahane and his family continue to live in Santa Rosa and locally he remains the director of the Green Music Festival of Sonoma County. In 1996, Kahane was made music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and has helped to bring this already established body into a new era, taking them on world tours and to Carnegie Hall, and in 2006, leading them through the first-ever complete Mozart piano concerto cycle undertaken by an American orchestra. Kahane is also music director of the Colorado Symphony, and in 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Sonoma State University in recognition of his contributions to education and the arts. Read less
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  • 1.
    Leonard Bernstein: The Composer
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 534531 Release Date: 03/31/2017   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Christopher Dedrick
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti,  Benny Goodman,  Jennie Tourel,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Ben Steinberg,  Lehman Engel,  Samuel Krachmalnick  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Jazz Band,  Norman Scribner Choir  ... 
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  • 2.
    Bach: Complete Orchestral Works / Helmuth Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98009 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Christoph Poppen,  Isabelle Faust,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra,  Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Made In America / Yo-Yo Ma
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 756034 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Charles Ives,  Leon Kirchner
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Jeffrey Kahane,  Ronan Lefkowitz,  Gilbert Kalish  ... 
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    Schubert: Vol 1- Sonata In A, Fantasie / Swensen, Kahane
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7823 Release Date: 06/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Joseph Swensen,  Jeffrey Kahane
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    Appassionato / Yo-yo Ma
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 702668 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Williams,  César Franck,  George Gershwin,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Kathryn Stott,  Jeffrey Kahane  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman,  Eugene Ormandy,  Ennio Morricone,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    The Essential Yo-Yo Ma
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93927 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Joseph Brackett  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Kathryn Stott,  Nilson Matta,  Rosa Passos  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Ennio Morricone,  Chen Xieyang,  Tan Dun  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra,  Claude Bolling Ensemble  ... 
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  • 7.
    Classic Yo-yo / Yo-yo Ma
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89667 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonín Dvorák,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Hector Console,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Leonardo Marconi,  Nestor Marconi  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman,  Seiji Ozawa,  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Recording Arts Orchestra  ... 
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  • 8.
    Edition Bachakademie Vol 129 - Harpsichord Concertos III
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92129 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robert Levin,  Jeffrey Kahane
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Bernstein: Fancy Free, Age Of Anxiety, Candide Overture / Litton
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 61119 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Paul Searle-Barnes,  Paul Turner,  Jeffrey Kahane
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Bernstein, Copland / Litton, De Waart, Hickox
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61612 Release Date: 02/01/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Helen McQueen,  Jeffrey Kahane,  Paul Searle-Barnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Andrew Litton,  Edo de Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Chamber Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Minnesota Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite, Etc / Lopez-cobos
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80371 Release Date: 06/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Michael Chertock,  Jeffrey Kahane
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Gershwin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64060 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Claus Adam,  Raphael Hillyer,  Earl Carlyss,  Robert Mann  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Lane,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet,  Cleveland Pops Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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