Hungary '56 Reunion and Conference Bard
Hungary '56 Reunion and Conference



Conference Participants

Leon Botstein has been president of Bard College since 1975, where he is also the Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in European history from Harvard. He was awarded the National Arts Club Gold Medal in 1995, the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences in 1996, and the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2003. Dr. Botstein formerly served as president of Franconia College, lecturer in history at Boston University, and special assistant to the president of the New York City Board of Education. He is past chairman of the Harper's Magazine Foundation and of the New York Council for the Humanities, a member of the National

Advisory Committee for the Yale–New Haven Teachers Institute, and a member of the board of the Central European University and many other boards and professional associations.

Leon Botstein has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He was appointed the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Israel Broadcast Authority, in 2003. He is also co-artistic director of the Bard Music Festival. He conducts the ASO’s subscription concert series at Lincoln Center and has an active international career, making frequent guest appearances with major orchestras. His recording of the music of Popov and Shostakovich with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award.

Among Dr. Botstein’s most recent recordings are Le roi Arthus with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Telarc); the music of George Perle, Roger Sessions, Bernard Rands, and Aaron Copland with the American Symphony Orchestra (New World Records); the Grammy-nominated Popov’s Symphony No. 1, Op. 7, and Shostakovich’s Theme and Variations, Op. 3, with the London Symphony Orchestra (Telarc); Strauss's opera Die ägyptische Helena with the American Symphony Orchestra and Deborah Voigt (Telarc); Glière's Symphony No. 3, Ilya Murometz, with the London Symphony Orchestra (Telarc); the music of Ernst Toch with the NDR Symphony Orchestra–Hamburg (New World Records); Max Reger’s Böcklin Tone Poems and Romantic Suite with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Telarc); the music of George Szell, Robert Heger, Hans von Bülow, and Felix Weingartner with the National Philharmonic–Lithuania (Arabesque); Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra with the London Philharmonic (Telarc); Richard Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae with the American Symphony Orchestra (Telarc); Max Bruch’s Odysseus with the NDR Radio Philharmonic (Koch International); music of Karol Szymanowski, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Bruckner's Fifth Symphony (Schalk edition), and Dohnanyi's Symphony in D Minor, all with the London Philharmonic (Telarc); and Mendelssohn's Paulus with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Arabesque). Other major recordings include music of Joseph Joachim with violinist Elmar Oliveira and the London Philharmonic (Carlton); a series on CRI featuring works by Richard Wilson, Robert Starer, Richard Wernick, and Meyer Kupferman; both versions of the Brahms Serenade No. 1 in D Major with the American Symphony Orchestra (Vanguard); and a recording of Franz Schubert orchestrations by Joachim, Mottl, and Webern (Koch International).

Dr. Botstein is editor of The Musical Quarterly. He has published over 100 articles and reviews on music, education, history, and culture. He was editor of The Compleat Brahms (1999) and co-editor of Jews and the City of Vienna, 1870–1938 (2004). He is author of Jefferson's Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture (1997) and Judentum und Modernität: Essays zur Rolle der Juden in der Deutschen und Österreichischen Kultur, 1848–1938 (1991), which was translated into Russian (2003). He has two books forthcoming: Listening: How Music Creates Meaning (Basic Books) and Music and Modernity (Yale University Press).