Leon Botstein

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Leon Botstein "has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) since 1992; in 2003 he was appointed music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Israel Broadcast Authority. He is also co-artistic director of the Bard Music Festival and music director of the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra. He conducts the ASO’s subscription series at Avery Fisher Hall, as part of Lincoln Center Presents Great Performers, as well as the orchestra’s educational concert series for adult listeners, Classics Declassified, at Miller Theatre, Columbia University. He also has an active international career, making frequent guest appearances with major orchestras around the world...

"Leon Botstein is also a prominent scholar of music history, the editor of The Musical Quarterly, and the author of numerous articles and books on such diverse topics as music, education, history, and culture. He is the recipient of the National Arts Club Gold Medal, the Austrian Cross of Honor from the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of the Arts and Science, and the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Since 1975 he has been president of Bard College, where he is also the Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities.“ [1]

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  1. Board of Governors, Levy Economics Institute, accessed April 17, 2009.
  2. Trustees, Central European University, accessed July 3, 2009.