Leon Botstein is music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the radio orchestra of Israel. Radio broadcasts of Mr. Botstein's concerts with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra may be heard in syndication throughout the United States. He is also the founder and co-artistic director of the Bard Music Festival. Since 1975 he has been president of Bard College in New York.

A recording of Paul Dukas' opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue with the BBC Symphony has just been released by Telarc. (This opera was conducted by Mr. Botstein with the American Symphony Orchestra in 1999 and with New York City Opera in 2005.) Soon to be released is Bruno Walter's Symphony No. 1 with the NDR-Hamburg Symphony Orchestra on the CPO label. Mr. Botstein will also conduct the BBC Symphony in a gala concert on Armistice Day at the Royal Albert Hall with a live recording from Chandos. Later this season, he leads the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra on two European tours, and in 2008, on another tour of the U.S. West Coast (following 2006's triumphant tour of the East Coast).

In addition to a demanding schedule as a guest conductor, Mr. Botstein has also made a number of prestigious recordings of works by Chausson, Copland, Sessions, Perle, Dohnányi, Liszt, Bruckner, Bartók, Hartmann, Reger, Glière, and Szymanowski for such labels as Telarc, New World Records, Bridge, Koch, and Arabeseque. With the American Symphony Orchestra he has recorded live performances of two operas by Richard Strauss: Die ägyptische Helena with Deborah Voigt and Die Liebe der Danae with Lauren Flanigan; a disc of Copland, Sessions, Perle, and Rands; and discs of Dohnányi, Brahms, and Joachim, among others. His recording with the London Symphony Orchestra of Gavriil Popov's epic Symphony No.1 and Shostakovich's Theme and Variations, Op. 3, received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Orchestral Performance. Among the orchestras with which he has performed are the BBC Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, NDR-Hamburg, NDR-Hannover, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and Téatro Réal in Madrid.

Botstein is the editor of The Musical Quarterly and the author of numerous articles and books. For his contributions to music he has received the award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Harvard University's prestigious Centennial Award, as well as the Cross of Honor, First Class, from the government of Austria.
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