Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas


Michael Tilson Thomas is an American conductor, pianist and composer. He is currently music director of the San Francisco Symphony, and artistic director of the New World Symphony Orchestra.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Tilson Thomas.


1944 Birth Born in 1944.


1968 24 Years Old From 1968 to 1994, Tilson Thomas was the Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival seven different times.
1969 25 Years Old After winning the Koussevitzky Prize at Tanglewood in 1969, Tilson Thomas was named Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. … Read More
1971 27 Years Old 1 More Event
He was music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1971 to 1979. … Read More


1974 30 Years Old He originally made his debut with the orchestra in January 1974 conducting Mahler's Symphony No. 9.
1981 37 Years Old From 1981 to 1985 he was principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. … Read More


1987 43 Years Old In 1987 Tilson Thomas founded the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, an orchestral academy for gifted young musicians whose stated mission is "to prepare highly-gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world." … Read More
1988 44 Years Old From 1988 to 1995, Tilson Thomas was principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. … Read More


1995 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Tilson Thomas became the San Francisco Symphony's 11th Music Director in 1995.
2000 56 Years Old In June 2000, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony presented a landmark 12-concert American Mavericks Festival, recognizing the innovative works of 20th century American composers. … Read More


2005 61 Years Old In April 2005 he conducted the Carnegie Hall premiere of The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater, partly as a tribute to his own grandparents. … Read More
2009 65 Years Old Tilson Thomas joined up with YouTube in 2009 to help create the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra whose members were selected from 30 countries based on more than 3,000 video auditions on YouTube. … Read More
He played an instrumental role in the development of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center in Miami Beach, which opened in 2011. (The two had personal history, with Gehry sometimes having baby-sat for Tilson Thomas back when both were growing up in Los Angeles.)
2013 69 Years Old He revisited the Bowl again in 2013 performing Mahler's Second Symphony, when another noisy helicopter flew over the venue. … Read More
2014 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 2014, Tilson Thomas was at the center of a dispute involving a child in the audience at a New World Symphony concert. … Read More
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