He is a
violinist, conductor and teacher born in Nebraska and brought up in Minnesota where he took musical studies at the MacPhail School of Music and from 1952 to 1959 he was a
student at the Peabody Conservatory. He was awarded a Tanglewood Music Center fellowship in 1958 and performed there
as a soloist and concertmaster.
In the early
1960s he held positions within the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra and in 1965 he became a member of the Boston
Symphony Orchestra, who he still performs with.
In 1970 he
became the concertmaster and conductor of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra,
remaining with them until 1988.
While he was at Brockton he also took on the position of music director of the Newton Symphony
Orchestra in 1982 and held that position with them for the next 13 years
until 1995 when he became the music director for the New Philharmonia Orchestra of Massachusetts.
In 1971 he
became a co-founder of the chamber ensemble Curtisville
Consortium and remains with them as their music director. In 1972 he became of the original
musicians in Boston’s Collage New Music.
after as a soloist and guest musician he has performed with many American
ensembles and orchestras that include the Boston Pops Orchestra, Wellesley
Symphony Orchestra and Worcester Symphony Orchestra.
conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1990 and has since done so many
times and added the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra to his repertoire. He is also the conductor of Boston
In the field of
musical education he has been a faculty member of the Tanglewood
Institute and All
Newton Music School, where he remains as a Director. He also works with many of the
orchestras in and around Boston.
course of his career to date he has performed on several recordings which
Pops, The Latin Album, My Favorite
Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration and A Splash of Pops by
the Boston Pops Orchestra.
contribution to music has been recognised and has seen him be awarded the Newton-Needham
Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Award and the Newton Pride Award for
Excellence in the Arts.
Today he still performs with the BSO and NPO and resides
in Newton where hw repairs
historical string instruments.
His daughter is a graphic designer and his son, Sato, is a cellist
with the BSO.
Boston Pops Orchestra recordings
With Voices Raised (Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty)
Conductor - Keith Lockhart
Tenor - Jason Danieley
RCA 63516 (CD: A Splash of Pops)