Biography Colorado Symphony & Andrew Litton



Colorado Symphony
One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony per- forms more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by internationally renowned music director Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the trans- formative power of music.

Andrew Litton
music director of the Colorado Symphony since 2013, has held the same position with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (2005–15) and the Dallas Symphony (1994 –2006). He remains conductor laureate of Britain’s Bourne- mouth Symphony Orchestra, whose principal conductor he was between 1988 and 2004. Beginning in 2015 he is also the music director of the New York City Ballet, and since 2003 he has been artistic director of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommer- fest. As guest conductor Andrew Litton appears regularly with major orchestras and opera companies around the world, performing at prestigious venues and festivals such as the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein and the BBC Proms. His extensive discography has received awards such as the Grammy, Diapason d’Or de l’Année and Gramophone Awards.

Andrew Litton received his master’s degree from the Juilliard School in piano and conducting. He is an accomplished pianist, and often conducts from the key- board and enjoys performing chamber music with his orchestra colleagues. Notable among his recordings as a pianist is A Tribute to Oscar Peterson [BIS-2034] with his interpretations of original Peterson improvisations. In 2011 Andrew Litton was the recipient of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit in recognition of his work with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

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