Honorary Degree for Our Music Director
We’ve all known that we have a music director devoted to the cause of fine music and who has championed great concert programs and high performance standards for the Concord Orchestra, and for the other Boston-area ensembles he leads. He has led our Orchestra since 1969 and has taken us and you, our audience, on an enriching journey through the great orchestral literature.
Now Boston Conservatory is also acknowledging Richard Pittman’s contributions to the music world. He will receive an Honorary Doctorate at their Commencement on Saturday May 16, 2015.
Read more about Dick’s career. Here’s the text of the press release for the Concord Journal, April 2015:
Richard Pittman, the music director of the Concord Orchestra, will receive an Honorary Doctorate from Boston Conservatory on Saturday, May 16. Commencement will take place at the Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St., Boston. The members of the Concord Orchestra offer their congratulations and best wishes for continued success.
Mr. Pittman has been the director of the Concord Orchestra since 1969. He founded Boston Musica Viva in 1969, an ensemble which has received international distinction as one of the best new music ensembles in the world. He has made eight European and three California tours with Boston Musica Viva and conducted the ensemble at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Holland Festival, the Gulbenkian Festival in Lisbon, the Bruckner Festival in Linz, Settembre Musica in Turin, and at Tanglewood.
Pittman is a frequent guest conductor with the BBC, and has conducted the Kirov Opera Orchestra in St. Petersburg, the Royal Philharmonic in London, the National Symphony in Washington, DC, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Hamburg Symphony, the London Sinfonietta, the City of London Sinfonia, the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Virginia Philharmonic, and the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt.
Pittman has also conducted for the Erick Hawkins Dance Company in New York, the Seattle Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, the Dutch Ballet Orchestra in Amsterdam for the Dutch National Ballet, and many more.
Mr. Pittman was appointed music director of The New England Philharmonic in 1997. During that time, the orchestra has won five ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.
From 1968-84, he was the Teacher of Orchestral Conducting and Orchestra Conductor at the New England Conservatory in Boston. From 1965-68, he was the Instructor of Conducting and Opera and the founder-director of the Eastman Musica Nova at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Peabody Conservatory in 1996.
He studied conducting with Laszlo Halasz in New York, Sergiu Celibidache in Italy, Pierre Boulez in Switzerland, and Wilhelm Brueckner-Rueggeberg in Germany.