Keith Lockhart, Artistic Director
Artistic Director Keith Lockhart assumed the role of Principal Conductor of the Brevard Music Center in 2007. Maestro Lockhart is an alumnus of the Brevard Music Center, having attended as a student in 1974 and 1975.
Keith Lockhart has conducted nearly every major orchestra in North America, as well as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In October 2012, he made his London Philharmonic debut in Royal Albert Hall. 2014-15 included a return to the Melbourne Symphony, and debut with the Adelaide (Australia) Symphony, as well as a special residency at Wright State University culminating in performances of the Britten War Requiem with the Dayton Philharmonic. In the opera pit, Maestro Lockhart has conducted productions with the Atlanta Opera, Washington Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Utah Opera.
Celebrating his twentieth anniversary season as Conductor of the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart has added his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. During these years he has conducted nearly 1700 concerts and made 76 television shows, including 38 new programs for PBS's Evening at Pops, and the annual July Fourth spectacular, produced by Boston's WBZ-TV and broadcast nationally for many years on the A&E and CBS television networks. The Boston Pops' 2002 July Fourth broadcast was Emmy-nominated, and the Evening at Pops telecast of "Fiddlers Three" won the 2002 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. The 2015 "Very Best of the Boston Pops" tour of the southeastern United States is his 40th national tour with the Pops. In addition, he has led the orchestra on four overseas tours of Japan and Korea, in performances at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, and at sports arenas across the country. In September 2004, they appeared live on national television with Sir Elton John during the NFL Season Kickoff special. In February 2002, Maestro Lockhart led the Boston Pops in the pre-game show of Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Since November 2004, he and the Boston Pops have released five self-produced recordings: 2013's A Boston Pops Christmas—Live from Symphony Hall, Sleigh Ride, America, Oscar & Tony, and The Red Sox Album, all available online through www.bostonpops.org. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra recorded eight albums with RCA Victor—Runnin' Wild: Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops Orchestra Play Glenn Miller, American Visions, the Grammy- nominated The Celtic Album, Holiday Pops, A Splash of Pops, Encore!, the Latin Grammy-nominated The Latin Album, and My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration.
Since Keith Lockhart's appointment as seventh Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra (London, UK) in August of 2010, highlights of his tenure include critically acclaimed North American tours (2010-11, 2012-13, and 2015), conducting annual performances at The Proms, and celebrating the orchestra's 60th year in 2012. In June of that same year, Keith Lockhart conducted the orchestra during Queen Elizabeth II's gala Diamond Jubilee Concert, which was broadcast around the world.
In 2009, Keith Lockhart concluded eleven seasons as Music Director of the Utah Symphony. He led that orchestra through the complete symphonic works of Gustav Mahler and brought them to Europe on tour for the first time in two decades. He stood at the front of that organization's historic merger with the Utah Opera to create the first-ever joint administrative arts entity of the Utah Symphony and Opera. Since the merger, arts institutions nationally and internationally have looked to Maestro Lockhart as an example of an innovative thinker on and off the podium. Maestro Lockhart conducted three "Salute to the Symphony" television specials broadcast regionally, one of which received an Emmy award, and, in December 2001, he conducted the orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a national PBS broadcast of Vaughan Williams' oratorio Hodie. Maestro Lockhart led the Utah Symphony during Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and conducted two programs for the 2002 Olympic Arts Festival. Under his baton, the Utah Symphony released its first recording in two decades, Symphonic Dances, in April 2006.
Keith Lockhart previously served as associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Minnesota, Montreal, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Singapore, Toronto, and Vancouver as well as the Los Angeles and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Canada), and the Philharmonics of New York and Los Angeles.
Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Keith Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University in Greenville, SC, and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
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