Larry Rachleff is Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Music and Music Director of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and serves as Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. This is his twelfth season as Professor of Conducting and Music Director of Rice Universitys Shepherd School Orchestras. Rachleff also serves as Music Director of Chicagos Symphony II, an orchestra made up of members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra.
Mr. Rachleff has appeared as guest conductor with such
prestigious orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle
Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony and the
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In 1993 he was selected as one of
four American conductors to lead the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie
Hall under the mentorship of Maestro Pierre Boulez.
Mr. Rachleff is a former faculty member of Oberlin Conservatory where he served as Music Director of Orchestras and Conductor of the Contemporary Ensemble. He also served as the Conductor of the Opera Theater at the University of Southern California. In 1988 Mr. Rachleff served as the Music Director of the highly acclaimed American-Soviet Youth Orchestra tour. He has conducted and presented master classes at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Poland, the Zurich Hochschule for Music and Theater and the Sydney and Queensland, Australia Conservatory Orchestras. He is in constant demand as a conductor and master class clinician and is frequently invited to lead the very finest American Conservatory Orchestras, most recently that of the Juilliard School. He has spent his summers guest conducting at Aspen, Tanglewood, the National Camp at Interlochen, the Music Academy of the West and the National Repertory Orchestra and has led the Camerata Australia on a tour of Japan.
This past summer he served in his third season as Music Director of the Sunflower Music Festival in Kansas. A champion of public school music education, Mr. Rachleff has conducted All-State orchestras and festivals in virtually every state of the United States, as well as in Europe and Canada. His college conducting career began at the University of Connecticut and continued at The University of Michigan. He has presented weeklong residencies at several leading universities and music schools, and he has served as conducting teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Conductors Guild and the International Workshop for Conductors in the Czech Republic. As an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Rachleff has collaborated with several composers including Samuel Adler, Luciano Berio, George Crumb and John Harbison. Mr. Rachleffs conducting reviews are impressive.
The Boston Globe, in a review of the Rhode Island Philharmonics Boston debut concert in June 2000, wrote, Rachleff himself . . . is an important asset. He seems to relish the most complicated score and brings a nice sense of clarity and panache to the performance. The Chicago Tribunes most recent review of Mr. Rachleff stated, He integrated his frequent tempo adjustments into seamless paragraphs and textures so clean that inner voices projected clearly. . . . The Houston Chronicle hailed his last concert with the Houston Symphony as a wonderful, polished performance . . . conducted with beauty and insight. He is married to soprano Susan Lorette Dunn.