With performances in London, Paris, Moscow, Beijing, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, Scott Speck has inspired international acclaim as a conductor of passion, intelligence and winning personality.
Scott Speck led four performances for the Chicago Symphony in 2014-15; he was immediately reengaged for four more concerts the following season, and four more in the current season. He was named Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013, and Music Director of the Joffrey Ballet in 2010. His concerts with Moscow RTV Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky Hall garnered unanimous praise. His gala performances with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Menachem Pressler, Midori, Evelyn Glennie and Olga Kern have highlighted his recent seasons as Music Director of Mobile Symphony. Last season he collaborated intensively with Carnegie Hall’s education programs for the tenth time as Music Director of West Michigan Symphony. He was invited to the White House as former Music Director of the Washington Ballet.
In past seasons Scott Speck has conducted at London’s Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, New York’s Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Washington’s Kennedy Center, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, and the Los Angeles Music Center. He has led numerous performances with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Houston, Baltimore, Paris, Moscow, Shanghai, Beijing, Vancouver, Romania, Slovakia, Buffalo, Columbus (OH), and Honolulu, among many others.
Previously he held positions as Conductor of San Francisco Ballet; Music Advisor and Conductor of Honolulu Symphony; and Associate Conductor of Los Angeles Opera. During a tour of Asia he was named Principal Guest Conductor of China Film Philharmonic in Beijing; and he leads the annual Romanian-American Music Days in Sibiu, Romania.
In addition, Scott Speck is the co-author of two of the world’s best-selling books on classical music for a popular audience, Classical Music for Dummies and Opera for Dummies. These books have received stellar reviews in both the national and international press and have garnered enthusiastic endorsements from major American orchestras. They have been translated into twenty languages and are available around the world. His third book in the series, Ballet for Dummies, was released to great acclaim as well.
Scott Speck has been a regular commentator on National Public Radio, the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Voice of Russia, broadcast throughout the world. He has been featured in TED talks and at the Aspen Ideas Festival. His writing has been featured in numerous magazines and journals.
Born in Boston, Scott Speck graduated summa cum laude from Yale University. There he founded and directed Berkeley Chamber Orchestra, which continues to perform to this day. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin, where he founded Concerto Grosso Berlin, an orchestra dedicated to the performances of Baroque and Classical music in a historically informed style. He received his Master’s Degree with highest honors from the University of Southern California, served as a Conducting Fellow at the Aspen School of Music, and studied at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Scott Speck can be reached at scottspeck.org, at Facebook.com/ConductorScottSpeck, and @ScottSpeck1 on Twitter.
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