Arabella Arts, launched this year by Stefana Atlas and Samantha Scully, announced this week that it has signed Leonard Slatkin to its roster of now 40 instrumentalists, conductors and composers.
Recognized as one of America’s leading conductors, Slatkin has led several of the country’s major orchestras and opera companies as chief conductor, music director, and principal guest conductor.
He is currently music director laureate of the Detroit Symphony, directeur musical honoraire of the Orchestre National de Lyon, and conductor laureate of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he served as chief conductor of the Washington’s National Symphony and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and as principal guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Cleveland.
As a recording artist, he has earned six Grammy awards and 35 nominations. His recent Naxos releases include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Berlioz, Copland, and John Williams. In addition, he has recorded the complete Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Other career highlights include receiving the prestigious National Medal of Arts, the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton Award, and an ASCAP Deems Taylor citation for his debut book, Conducting Business.
“I am thrilled to be working with my dear friend Stefana Atlas and the amazing talents at Arabella Arts,” Slatkin said. “Different ideas and approaches are needed at this time in the musical world. This young company combines a new model for the twenty-first century with a deep respect for the traditions of the past. These next several seasons will be ones of excitement, energy, and great music-making.”