Andrew Litton

Biography

Born: May 16, 1959; USA  
Identified early as a gifted musician, Andrew Litton trained in America and then established himself as an outstanding conductor in England before returning to the United States to assume the directorship of a major orchestra, the Dallas Symphony. As one of only a small handful of American-born, American-trained artists to hold an important podium position in the United States, Litton has endured a greater-than-customary-degree of scrutiny. While Read more few of his interpretations have been found definitive, his preparedness and high competence have proven rewarding. He has enjoyed the additional benefit of conducting in a remarkable concert hall and recording for a company that has afforded him and his orchestra extraordinarily vivid sound. At New York's Juilliard School of Music, Litton studied conducting under Swedish maestro Sixten Ehrling and piano under Nadia Reisenberg. Demonstrating exceptional ability, he won the Bruno Walter Scholarship for further study with Edoardo Müller and Neeme Järvi and with Walter Weller in Austria. Winning the 1982 Rupert Foundation International Competition in England provided Litton a debut conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra later that same year and generous exposure to British audiences. Litton served first as associate conductor, than as assistant conductor under Mstislav Rostropovich with Washington's National Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1986. There, he learned much, especially from the man he describes as his "first and only boss." While Litton missed the opportunity to work with Kiril Kondrashin in Amsterdam when the famous Russian conductor died in 1981, he gained numerous insights about Shostakovich from Rostropovich. Litton has expressed his belief that Shostakovich was the twentieth century's great symphonist, capturing the struggles of living in modern times. After his years with the N.S.O., Litton conducted widely throughout the United States and Europe before being appointed principal conductor and artistic advisor of England's Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1988. He remained there, earning high marks from English critics and the approval of English audiences while attracting worldwide attention through a series of recordings. In 1994, Litton was appointed music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra while becoming conductor laureate in Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Litton undertook several opera assignments, making his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1989 leading a production of Yevgeny Onegin. When the Glyndebourne Festival production of Porgy and Bess, originally conducted by Simon Rattle, was revived at Covent Garden in 1992, Litton was chosen to lead it. He also conducted performances of Salome and Falstaff for the English National Opera. In Dallas, Litton has stepped into the comprehensive role played by an American music director with clear understanding of his responsibility for not only conducting stimulating performances, but also playing a key role in fundraising. His outgoing personality has been an asset in meeting the people of the Dallas and convincing them that their orchestra is an enhancement central to a vital community. Litton points with some pride to an endowment increase over seven years from 19 million to 70 million dollars. Under Litton, the Dallas Symphony became the first major orchestra to broadcast a live concert via the Internet. Litton has expressed the belief that this medium can break down prejudices about concert works and afford listeners an opportunity to respond and comment immediately. He is enthused over critics no longer having the final word. Among Litton's recordings are discs devoted to Shostakovich, Mahler, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky. Read less
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  • 1.
    A Tribute to Oscar Peterson / Andrew Litton
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2034 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harry Warren,  Thelonious Monk,  Johnny Green,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Litton
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  • 2.
    Piano Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2639 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Francois-René Duchable,  György Cziffra,  Leif Ove Andsnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Michel Plasson,  György Cziffra,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
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    Essential Flute
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94901 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck,  François Borne  ... 
    Performer:  George Malcolm,  William [Bass vocals] Bennett,  Hans-Martin Linde,  Atarah Ben-Tovim  ... 
    Conductor:  George Malcolm,  Hans-Martin Linde,  Sir Charles Groves,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Linde Consort,  Berlin Baroque Soloists
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    50 Best Adagios
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57489 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Pachelbel,  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Giovanni Scaramuzzino,  Véronique Gens,  David Daniels,  Steven Isserlis  ... 
    Conductor:  Ian Watson,  Andrew Parrott,  Christopher Warren-Green,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort,  Seminario Musicale  ... 
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    Zen Piano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28435 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  David Levine,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Leif Ove Andsnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Libor Pesek,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grieg Trio,  Nash Ensemble
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  • 6.
    Best Concertos 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64739 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Christian Zacharias,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Lawrence Foster,  Hans Vonk,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Zen Classics - Mozart, Debussy, Etc / L. Maazel, P. Jarvi, N. Dessay, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 34865 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Barbara Hendricks,  Augustin Dumay,  Steven Isserlis  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Andrew Parrott,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  Taverner Players,  French National Radio Orchestra  ... 
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    The Classics - Franck: Symphony In D Minor, Etc / Litton
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 91331 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck
    Performer:  Andrew Litton
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    The Most Relaxing Flute Album In The World... Ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 33596 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Erik Satie,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arthur Honegger  ... 
    Performer:  Ransom Wilson,  Mariko Anraku,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Philippa Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Louis Auriacombe,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Ristenpart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Nash Ensemble,  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Ravel: Bolero, Piano Concerto, Etc / Litton, Pesek, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 82000 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Andrew Litton
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    Shostakovich: Symphony No 5, Piano Concerto No 2 / Litton
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3246 Release Date: 08/24/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Andrew Litton
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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    Gershwin: Dayful Of Song / Litton, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3216 Release Date: 05/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Andrew Litton,  Stephen Girko
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess Concert Suite / Litton, Et Al
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90223 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gordon Hawkins,  Damon Evans,  Cynthia Clarey,  Andrew Litton  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Chorus
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