Larry Rachleff, conductor

Recently retired after 22 seasons as Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Larry Rachleff also serves as Director of Orchestras and the Walter Kris Hubert chair at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston. This past season’s East Coast Tour of the Shepherd School Orchestra was met with critical acclaim and accolades for both their Meyerhoff Hall concert in Baltimore and their Carnegie Hall concert. During his career, he has also been Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony. 

A take-charge maestro who invests everything he conducts with deep musical understanding” (Chicago Tribune), Mr. Rachleff is in constant demand as a guest conductor. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony, among many others. When the Grand Rapids Symphony was in the midst of its search for a new Music Director recently, Larry Rachlef was appointed as their Music Advisor and as such conducted three subscription weeks a year for them. Summer festival engagements include Tanglewood, Aspen, Interlochen, Chautauqua, Brevard Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He is invited every year to conduct the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall.

Mr. Rachleff is especially noted for his rich and productive rapport with orchestra musicians. The Salt Lake Deseret News had this to say about him: “His interpretation (Prokofief’s Fifth Symphony) was charged with power and passion that never waned. His reading was compelling, yet he also managed to bring out the lyricism that lies hidden beneath the boldness of the themes. What was especially remarkable, he conducted the work from memory. The orchestra played marvelously. The musicians were at the top of their game, and their rapport with Rachleff was obvious. It was a fabulous collaboration between orchestra and conductor”

A former faculty member of Oberlin Conservatory, where he was Music Director of Orchestras and Conductor of the Contemporary Ensemble, he also served as conductor of the Opera Theatre at the University of Southern California. He has conducted and presented masterclasses all over the world, including the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Zurich Hochschule, the Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland, Australia conservatories, the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, and Royal Northern College in the U.K.

Larry Rachleff is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education. He has conducted All-State orchestras and festivals in virtually every state in the United States as well as throughout Europe and Canada. He has also served as principal conducting teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Conductors’ Guild and the International Workshop for Conductors in the Czech Republic.

As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Rachleff has collaborated with leading composers including Samuel Adler, the late Luciano Berio, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty and John Harbison among others.

Larry Rachleff lives in Houston with his wife, soprano Susan Lorette Dunn, and their son, Sam.

July 2019 – Please discard any previously dated materials.

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