Michael Tilson Thomas is the Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestra Academy and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
During the 2014/15 season, Mr Tilson Thomas marks his 20th anniversary as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and his 70th birthday with a European tour with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, a tour of New York and the West coast of the USA with the London Symphony Orchestra, appearances in Carnegie Hall and Washington DC with the New World Symphony, and concerts with the Wiener Philharmoniker.
A prolific recording artist, he has recorded more than 120 discs including works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, Prokofiev and Stravinsky as well as his pioneering work with the music of Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, Steve Reich, John Cage, Ingolf Dahl, Morton Feldman, George Gershwin, John McLaughlin and Elvis Costello. Most recently he completed the orchestral works of Gustav Mahler and Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’, both with the San Francisco Symphony on their label, SFS Media.
Mr Tilson Thomas’s television work includes a series with the London Symphony Orchestra for BBC Television, the television broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts from 1971 to 1977 and numerous productions on PBS Great Performances. Mr Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony produced a multi-tiered media project, Keeping Score, which includes a television series, web sites, radio programs and programs in schools.
Mr. Tilson Thomas is a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, was Musical America’s Musician of the Year and Conductor of the Year, Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year and has been profiled on CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ and ABC’s ‘Nightline’. He has won eleven Grammy Awards for his recordings. In 2008 he received the Peabody Award for his radio series for SFS Media, ‘The MTT Files’. In 2010, President Obama awarded him with the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States.