Conductors

Michael Tilson Thomas

Introduction

Michael Tilson Thomas is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra.  As a guest conductor, he works with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has won eleven Grammys for his recordings, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts (the highest honour for artistic excellence in the United States), which was presented to him by President Barack Obama, and is a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.


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Performance Schedule

Performance Schedule

  • 19:30 08 Sep 2017
    Royal Albert Hall, LONDON

    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat, K449

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    CONDUCTOR: MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS

  • 19:30 08 Sep 2017
    Royal Albert Hall, London

    BRAHMS                      Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn
    MOZART                      Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat major
    BEETHOVEN                Symphony No. 7 in A major

     

  • 18:30 09 Sep 2017
    Lucerne Festival, LUCERNE

    BRAHMS ‘Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn’
    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 14 K449
    BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

    MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS
    EMANUEL AX

    Vienna Philharmonic

  • 20:00 14 Sep 2017
    Davies Symphony Hall, SAN FRANCISCO

    BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide
    SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concerto No. 1
    TCHAIKOVSKY: ‘Variations on a Rococo Theme’
    RAVEL: ‘Boléro’

    Conductor: MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS

    Cello: YO YO MA

    San Francisco Symphony

  • 20:00 22 Sep 2017
    Davies Symphony Hall, SAN FRANCISCO

    BERNSTEIN: Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
    BERNSTEIN: Chichester Psalms
    BERNSTEIN: Arias and Barcarolles
    BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’

    Conductor: MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS

    Mezzo-soprano: ISABEL LEONARD
    Bass-baritone: Ryan McKinny

    Clarinet: Carey Bell

    San Francisco Symphony Chorus
    San Francisco Symphony

  • 20:00 23 Sep 2017
    Davies Symphony Hall, SAN FRANCISCO

    BERNSTEIN: Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
    BERNSTEIN: Chichester Psalms
    BERNSTEIN: Arias and Barcarolles
    BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’

    Conductor: MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS

    Mezzo-soprano: ISABEL LEONARD
    Bass-baritone: Ryan McKinny

    Clarinet: Carey Bell

    San Francisco Symphony Chorus
    San Francisco Symphony

  • 14:00 24 Sep 2017
    Davies Symphony Hall, SAN FRANCISCO

    BERNSTEIN: Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
    BERNSTEIN: Chichester Psalms
    BERNSTEIN: Arias and Barcarolles
    BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’

    Conductor: MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS

    Mezzo-soprano: ISABEL LEONARD
    Bass-baritone: Ryan McKinny

    Clarinet: Carey Bell

    San Francisco Symphony Chorus
    San Francisco Symphony

  • 20:00 28 Sep 2017
    Davies Symphony Hall, SAN FRANCISCO

    BARTOK: Piano Concerto No. 2
    BERLIOZ: ‘Symphonie fantastique’

    Conductor: MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS

    Piano: JEREMY DENK

    San Francisco Symphony

  • 20:00 30 Sep 2017
    Davies Symphony Hall, SAN FRANCISCO

    BARTOK: Piano Concerto No. 2
    BERLIOZ: ‘Symphonie fantastique’

    Conductor: MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS

    Piano: JEREMY DENK

    San Francisco Symphony

  • 14:00 01 Oct 2017
    Davies Symphony Hall, SAN FRANCISCO

    BARTOK: Piano Concerto No. 2
    BERLIOZ: ‘Symphonie fantastique’

    Conductor: MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS

    Piano: JEREMY DENK

    San Francisco Symphony

  • 19:30 14 Oct 2017
    New World Center, MIAMI

    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: ‘Cappriccio espagnol’
    RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 4
    SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 2
    PROKOFIEV: Selections from Romeo and Juliet Suite, Op. 64

    Conductor: MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS

    Piano: Yuja Wang

    New World Symphony Orchestra

  • 14:00 15 Oct 2017
    New World Center, MIAMI

    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: ‘Cappriccio espagnol’
    RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 4
    SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 2
    PROKOFIEV: Selections from Romeo and Juliet Suite, Op. 64

    Conductor: MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS

    Piano: Yuja Wang

    New World Symphony Orchestra

Discography

  • Absolute Jest More info  

    Label: SFS Media

    Release Date: 29 Oct 15

    Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony join forces with America’s most-performed living composer, John Adams, in a colossal album featuring Adams’ Absolute Jest and Grand Pianola Music.
    San Francisco Symphony
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    John Adams, composer

  • MASTERPIECES IN MINIATURE More info  

    Label: SFS Media

    Release Date: 11 Nov 14

    An exquisite recording from the Grammy award-winning partnership of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.
    “Minutes of pure, shimmering magic” – San Francisco Chronicle
    San Francisco Symphony
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Yuja Wang, piano
    All works recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall

  • DISCOGRAPHY More info  

    Label: Discography

    Release Date: 31 Jul 14

    Michael Tilson Thomas’s extensive discography can be viewed on his official website – please click link below.

  • BERNSTEIN: West Side Story More info  

    Label: SFS Media

    Release Date: 16 Jun 14

    Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a new recording of the first-ever concert performances of Leonard Bernstein’s complete score for the musical West Side Story.
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Alexandra Silber, Maria
    Cheyenne Jackson, Tony
    San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
    Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 27 June – 2 July 2013.
    Selected for the 2014 Clefs d’Or ResMusica awards

  • ADAMS: Harmonielehre, Short Ride in a Fast Machine More info  

    Label: SFS Media

    Release Date: 30 Sep 11

    Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present John Adams’ Harmonielehre and Short Ride in a Fast Machine.
    This album was the 2013 Grammy® Award Winner for Best Orchestral Performance and the 2013 ECHO Klassik Award Winner for Orchestra of the Year.
    Harmonielehre recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, December 8-11, 2010.
    Short Ride in a Fast Machine recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, September 7, 2011.

  • THE MAHLER PROJECT More info  

    Label: SFS Media

    Release Date: 01 Jul 08

    A 17-disc set, with over 18 hours of music including:
    Adagio from Symphony No. 10; Kindertotenlieder; Das klagende Lied; Songs with Orchestra; Das Lied von der Erde; Rückert-Lieder.
    This set’s recordings have been awarded a combined 7 Grammy Awards. Each recording is also available to purchase separately.

Keeping Score

Founded by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Keeping Score provides innovative, thought-provoking classical music content on PBS television, the radio, the web, and through an education program, a national model for classroom arts integration for teachers.

Through nine one-hour documentaries, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony trace the lives of eight influential composers from around the world. Michael Tilson Thomas explores the motivations and influences behind major classical works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Copland, Stravinsky, Berlioz, Ives, Shostakovich, and Mahler. Each episode is accompanied by a one-hour concert program by the San Francisco Symphony.

For more information please visit the Keeping Score website.

Affiliations

Orchestra affiliations

San Francisco Symphony, Music Director
New World Symphony, Founder & Artistic Director
London Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor