February 17, 2021
Michael Tilson Thomas Featured on "Talking Beats With Daniel Lelchuk"

In-depth, hour-long conversation now available on demand via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and YouTube, among other streaming services

February 17, 2021 — Michael Tilson Thomas is the latest guest on the podcast Talking Beats with Daniel Lelchuk, which has released an hour-long, wide-ranging discussion between MTT and cellist and host Daniel Lelchuk via TalkingBeats.com and major streaming platforms, including SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and YouTube.

This conversation offers a wealth of insight into MTT’s musical thinking, his personality, and the many fascinating experiences that have shaped him. MTT and Mr. Lelchuk discuss everything from the very fundamentals of music—the triad as metaphor, the flavors of particular harmonies—to MTT's work with such legendary figures as Jascha Heifetz, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, and Gregor Piatigorsky. They discuss the charms and challenges of particular repertoire, including the music of Mozart, Mahler, and medieval French troubadours—with musical examples freely inserted by MTT at the keyboard. MTT also expresses his love for working with young musicians, particularly in his role as Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, which he co-founded in Miami Beach.

This discussion was recorded on December 3, 2020, and was released Tuesday, February 16, 2021, as the podcast’s 81st episode. Host Daniel Lelchuk, who is also Assistant Principal Cellist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, started the podcast in summer 2020 and has already attracted a devoted audience in more than 70 countries. The show features Mr. Lelchuk in conversation with the most extraordinary thinkers, writers, scientists, and musicians of our time, whose insights reveal surprising connections between music and many other seemingly disparate fields.

Additional distinguished guests have included former chair of CNN and editor of Time Walter Isaacson, architect Moshe Safdie, singer Linda Ronstadt, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, diplomat Dennis Ross, architect and designer Daniel Libeskind, political commentator David Frum, singer Wynonna Judd, author Amy Tan, former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, attorney Martin Garbus, legal scholar Laurence Tribe, historian and former president of Harvard University Drew Faust, sociologist and physician Nicholas Christakis, Princeton University Professor of African-American Studies Eddie Glaude, Jr., actor Harry Shearer, chef Jacques Pépin, singer Petula Clark, linguist John McWhorter, and managing director of Thiel Capital Eric Weinstein.

To learn more about Talking Beats with Daniel Lelchuk, visit TalkingBeats.com.

About Michael Tilson Thomas

Conductor, composer, and educator Michael Tilson Thomas is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, Music Director Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. He is an eleven-time Grammy Award winner and has conducted the major orchestras of Europe and the United States.

Born in Los Angeles, he studied piano, conducting and composition at the University of Southern California, and as a young musician worked with such artists as Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland. He went on to serve as Assistant Conductor—and later Principal Guest Conductor—of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

In 1988, he co-founded the New World Symphony (NWS), an orchestral academy in Miami Beach that prepares young musicians of diverse backgrounds for leadership roles in classical music. Since then, he has guided the artistic and professional development of more than 1,100 NWS Fellows, many of whom have gone onto careers with major orchestras and institutions.

He became Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in 1995, and his tenure was a period of significant growth and heightened international recognition for the orchestra. He led SFS in championing contemporary and American composers alongside classical masters, while also innovating new ways of engaging today’s audiences with classical music. In 2020, he concluded his 25-year directorship and became the orchestra’s first Music Director Laureate.

His discography includes more than 120 recordings, and his television work includes series for the BBC and PBS, broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic's Young People’s Concerts and numerous televised performances. He is the subject of the PBS American Masters film Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is, released in 2020.

Throughout his career, he has been an active composer, with major works including From the Diary of Anne Frank, commissioned by UNICEF and premiered in 1991 with narrator Audrey Hepburn, and more recently, Meditations on Rilke, premiered in 2020 with SFS.

He is an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the National Medal of Arts, has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was a 2019 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.

To learn more, visit MichaelTilsonThomas.com.

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