Lawrence Foster

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Biography

Born: October 23, 1941; Los Angeles, CA  
Lawrence Foster is one of the few American conductors to have active careers in both his native country and in Europe. He made his conducting debut at the age of 18 with an orchestra of young colleagues in Los Angeles. He studied with conductors Fritz Zweig, Karl Böhm, and Bruno Walter, and participated in the Bayreuth Festival conducting master classes in the early '60s. Soon thereafter, he was appointed associate conductor of the San Francisco Read more Ballet, a position he held until 1965. In that year, he became Zubin Mehta's assistant conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During this period, he continued his studies at Tanglewood, where in 1966 he was awarded the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize. Foster's first European post came in 1969, when he was named chief guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Since that time, he has held many conducting positions in the United States and abroad, including music director of the Aspen Music Festival and school, music director of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, principal conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, music director of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra/National Orchestra of Catalunya, and music director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (a tenure that began with the 2002 - 2003 season). Foster has worked extensively in the opera pit. In 1974, he began conducting at the Scottish Opera and two years later, made his debut at Covent Garden, leading the revised version of William Walton's Troilus and Cressida featuring Dame Janet Baker. He has conducted at the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and both the Opera-Comique and Bastille in Paris. He is a regular guest conductor at both the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera. Foster regularly guest conducts such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the London Symphony, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Berliner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Sydney Symphony, NHK Symphony, National Arts Centre Ottawa, and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Foster's career reveals a commitment to contemporary music. He has presented premieres of Harrison Birtwistle's Tragoedia (1965) and The Triumph of Time (1972); Alexander Goehr's Piano Concerto (1972, with Daniel Barenboim as soloist); Gordon Crosse's Symphony No. 2 (1975); and Paul McCartney's oratorio Standing Stone at the Royal Albert Hall (1997). Foster's has recorded some unusual repertoire, such as Enescu's Oedipe (with José van Dam and Barbara Hendricks, which was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque), and the first recording of Walton's Troilus and Cressida. Read less
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    Puccini: La Fanciulla del West / Foster, Transylvania State Philharmonic
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186778 Release Date: 02/05/2021   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Marius Vlad,  Lester Lynch,  Melody Moore,  Amatai Pati  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Transylvania State Philharmonic Chorus
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    Shostakovich: Cello Concertos / Coppey, Foster, Polish National Radio Symphony
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 97777 Release Date: 01/01/2021   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Marc Coppey
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Gil Shaham: The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4836334 Release Date: 04/05/2019   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  André Previn,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  André Previn,  Jian Wang,  Göran Söllscher  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Pierre Boulez,  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Early Symphonies & Stage Music / Foster, Copenhagen Philharmonic
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186655 Release Date: 03/15/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Philharmonic
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    Strauss: Die Fledermaus / Foster, North German Radio Philharmonic
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186635 Release Date: 11/16/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Annika Gerhards,  Jochen Schmeckenbecher,  Alexander Kaimbacher,  Mathias Hausmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Hannover)
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    Strauss: Aber der Richtige... / Steinbacher, Foster, West German Symphony
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186653 Release Date: 10/05/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  WDR Sinfonieorchester
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    Alicia de Larrocha: Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4834120 Release Date: 08/10/2018   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Turina,  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia de Larrocha
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Sergiu Comissiona,  Sir Georg Solti,  Lawrence Foster  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra  ... 
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    Mephistopheles & Other Bad Guys / Short, Foster, Marseille Philharmonic
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186585 Release Date: 08/03/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Arrigo Boito,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Short
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Martinu: Double Concertos for Violin & Piano / Kodama, Nemtanu
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186658 Release Date: 06/01/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Deborah Nemtanu,  Sarah Nemtanu,  Magali Demesse,  Mari Kodama  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra
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    A Certain Slant of Light / Delan
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186634 Release Date: 04/20/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Jake Heggie,  Gordon Getty,  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Performer:  Lisa Delan
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: Otello / Schukoff, Foster, Gulbenkian Orchestra
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186562 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Carlos Cardoso,  JunHo You,  Nikolai Schukoff,  Lester Lynch  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Orchestra,  Gulbenkian Chorus
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    Searle: Orchestral Works
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 1130 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Humphrey Searle
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Lawrence Leonard,  Lawrence Foster,  Louis Frémaux
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    Fantasies, Rhapsodies & Daydreams / Steinbacher, Foster, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186536 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Strauss II: Der Zigeunerbaron / Foster, NDR Radiophilharmonie
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186482 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Paul Kaufmann,  Jochen Schmeckenbecher,  Jasmina Sakr,  Markus Brück  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Hannover),  NDR Choir
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    Radu Lupu: Complete Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002402202 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Radu Lupu,  Vincent Zarzo,  Han de Vries,  George Pieterson  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Lawrence Foster,  Uri Segal,  Edo de Waart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1; Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552968 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Perlman Sound
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 551699 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Daniel Barenboim,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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  • 21.
    Ravel: Piano Concertos; Falla: Nights In The Gardens Of Spain
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002050502 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Alicia de Larrocha
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Creating Timeless Classics
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186531 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Helmchen,  Alexei Ogrintchouk,  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Daniel Müller-Schott  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Lawrence Foster,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Vladimir Jurowski  ... 
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    Getty: Usher House / Delan, Ens, Elsner, Foster, Gulbenkian
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186451 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gordon Getty
    Performer:  Christian Elsner,  Etienne Dupuis,  Phillip Ens,  Lisa Delan  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Orchestra
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    Bruch, Chausson, Korngold: Violin Concertos / Steinbacher
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186503 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ernest Chausson,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
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    50 Best Chillout Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 332942 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Gregorio Allegri,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Juliette Hurel,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurice Handford,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Stephen Cleobury,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Ahn Trio,  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic  ... 
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