Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and Adams.

Since making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983, Jeffrey has given recitals in many of the nation’s major music centers including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta. He appears as soloist with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus and is also a popular figure at summer festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, Blossom, Caramoor,Mostly Mozart, Oregon Bach and the Hollywood Bowl. Kahane is equally well known for his collaborations with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell and Thomas Quasthoff and regularly appears with the leading chamber ensembles.

Jeffrey Kahane made his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988. Since then he has guest conducted orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; Philadelphia Orchestra; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; and the Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Dallas and New World symphonies, among others. Currently in his 14th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey concluded his tenure as music director of the Colorado Symphony in June 2010 and was music director of the Santa Rosa Symphony for ten seasons. He has received much recognition for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement with all three groups andr eceived 2007 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver.

In addition to his programs and projects with LACO, highlights of Jeffrey’s 2010-11 season include appearances at theAspen, Ravinia, Music Academy of the West and Verbier festivals; concerto appearances with the Toronto, Cincinnati and Dallas symphonies; programs as pianist and conductor with the San FranciscoSymphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa; US tours with violinist Daniel Hope and with the Takacs Quartet; an appearance with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a European tour with the Camerata Salzburg as conductor and soloist. Jeffrey also conducts the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center in October 2010.

Jeffrey Kahane’s recordings include works of Gershwin and Bernstein with Yo-Yo Ma for Sony, Paul Schoenfield’s Four Parables with the New World Symphony conducted by John Nelson for Decca/Argo, the Strauss Burleske on Telarc with the Cincinnati Symphony under Jesus Lopez-Cobos and the complete Brandenburg Concertos (on harpsichord) with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestraunder Helmuth Rilling on the Haenssler label. He has also recorded the complete works for violin and piano by Schubert with Joseph Swensen for RCA, Bach’s Sinfonias and Partita No. 4 in D major for Nonesuch, and Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety for Virgin Records, which was nominated by Gramophone magazine for their Record of the Year award.

As a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Jeffrey’s early piano studies were with Howard Weisel and Jakob Gimpel. First Prize winner at the 1983 Rubinstein Competition and a finalist at the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition, he was also the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1983 and the first Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award in 1987.

Jeffrey Kahane resides in Santa Rosa with his wife, Martha, a clinical psychologist in private practice. They have two children – Gabriel, a composer, pianistand singer/songwriter; and Annie, a dancer and poet.

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