• Slatkin Featured in August 2024 Issue of Gramophone

    July 12, 2024

    Gramophone magazine highlights “Leonard Slatkin at 80” in its August 2024 issue: “He’s turning 80 with at least 220 premieres to look back on, but Leonard Slatkin has a good deal more on his agenda than simply reminiscing about past achievements, finds Thomas May.”

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  • Slatkin Receives Abu Dhabi Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

    July 2, 2024

    Leonard received the Abu Dhabi Festival Lifetime Achievement Award at Disney Hall in Los Angeles on June 14. The celebration was part of a concert sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival that featured music by 21 composers and 10 world premieres.

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JULY 2024

Three very different weeks ensued during June, representing the traditional, the unconventional, and the educational. All were satisfying and made for a fine start to a not-too-busy summer conducting schedule.

After a month away from the podium, it was time to pick up the baton and strike up the bands, first in Bilbao, Spain. I was not exactly looking forward to this trip, as a scheduling error resulted in only a single conducting engagement in Europe as opposed to the usual two, three, or sometimes eight weeks overseas.