Personalities | James Levine | Contemporary | Classical

b. 1943
American conductor and pianist

After studies at Juilliard, Levine became assistant to Szell at the Cleveland Orchestra 1964–70. In 1971 he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, becoming principal conductor (1973) and then music director (1976). During a long tenure at the Met, he has also held posts with the Munich Philharmonic 1999–2004 and the Boston Symphony 2004–11, as its first American-born music director. He has enjoyed long associations with the Chicago Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, and has conducted regularly at the Salzburg and Bayreuth festivals.

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