an orchestral conductor born in Los
Angeles.His father was the violinist Felix
Slatkin, who founded the Hollywood String Quartet, and his mother was Eleanor
Aller who was the cellist with the quartet.He studied at IndianaUniversity and Los AngelesCityCollege
before moving on to JuilliardSchool
where he studied conducting with Jean Paul Morel.His made his conducting debut in 1966 and in 1968 he was
made an assistant at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.In 1977 he went on to become the
conductor of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra, but returned to St
Louis in 1979 as the musical director and placed
them firmly on the musical map.
he went to the National Symphony Orchestra in WashingtonDC, and in 2000 was appointed principal
conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which he left on 11th September
2004 on the 110th Night of the Proms.He is noted for his interpretation
of 20th Century American music and British composers.He has also composed several works,
which includes "The Raven" after the Edgar Allen Poe poem.In 1990 he was inducted into the
St. Louis Walk of Fame.