Raymond Leppard


Conductor Laureate Raymond Leppard served as Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony for 14 years, from 1987 to 2001. During his tenure with the Orchestra, he led eight recordings, two tours to Europe and initiated Indianapolis On-The-Air, a nationally syndicated radio broadcast of Indianapolis Symphony performances that now airs on more than 250 stations across the United States.

In addition to his 14-year tenure as Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and long association with the English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard has appeared with the New York Philharmonic on numerous occasions, toured with the Chicago and Detroit symphonies and has conducted many other major orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony (including the Last Night of the Proms), as well as in all European capital cities and Japan.

In the opera houses of the world, highlights for Raymond Leppard have included appearances at the Metropolitan and San Francisco operas, the New York City Opera and Glyndebourne Opera, where he has been a frequent guest. He has also appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in Paris, Hamburg, Santa Fe, Stockholm and Geneva. In the late 1950s, Mr. Leppard accepted a post at Cambridge as University Lecturer in Music, beginning a distinguished joint career as academician and performer.

A prolific recording artist, Raymond Leppard has earned such international prizes as the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, a Grammy® Award, a Grand Pro/Am Music Prix du Disque, and the Edison Prize. Mr. Leppard has composed a number of film scores including the music for Lord of the Flies, Laughter in the Dark, and Hotel New Hampshire. His second book, Raymond Leppard on Music: An Anthology of Critical and Personal Writings, was published by Resources in 1993.

The Queen of England has honored Raymond Leppard with the title Commander of the British Empire (CBE). For his services to Italian music, the Republic of Italy has conferred upon him the title of Commendatore della Republica Italiana. In America, he has received honorary degrees from Purdue University, Butler University, and the University of Indianapolis. Born in London, Raymond Leppard was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He currently resides in the Indianapolis and became a U.S. citizen in 2003.

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