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JAMES DEPREIST

James DePreist was permanent conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, director of conducting and orchestral studies at the Juilliard School and laureate music director of the Oregon Symphony. Widely esteemed as one of America’s finest conductors, during the past three decades he served as music director of L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Sweden’s Malmö Symphony, L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and the Oregon Symphony. As a guest conductor he appeared with every major North American orchestra, and internationally he conducted in Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Manchester, Melbourne, Munich, Prague, Rome, Rotterdam, Seoul, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Vienna. He made his London début with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in April 2005.

James DePreist appeared regularly at the Aspen Music Festival, with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Music Center, and the Juilliard orchestras at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. With more than fifty recordings to his credit, he had a substantial presence in the recording arena. His varied recorded repertoire includes a celebrated Shostakovich series with the Helsinki Philharmonic and fifteen recordings with the Oregon Symphony which helped establish that orchestra as one of America’s finest. Born in Philadelphia in 1936, he studied composition with Vincent Persichetti at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1962, while on a state department tour in Bangkok, he contracted polio but recovered sufficiently to win a first prize in the Dimitri Mitropoulous International Conducting Competition. He was selected by Leonard Bernstein to be an assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic for the 1965–66 season. DePreist made his highly acclaimed European début with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in 1969. In 1971 Antal Doráti chose him to become his associate conductor with the National Symphony in Washington, DC.

James DePreist was awarded thirteen honorary doctorates and the author of two books of poetry. He was an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and a recipient of the Insignia of Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland, the Medal of the City of Québec and was an Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit of Monaco. In 2005 the president of the United States presented James DePreist with the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honour for artistic excellence. He was the nephew of the legendary contralto Marian Anderson.


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
40 TRACKS FOR 40 YEARS - Delos' 40th Anniversary Celebration Delos
DE3440
Concertos, Ballet, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Vocal, Film and TV Music, Instrumental, World, Choral - Sacred, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Opera
BABY NEEDS MOZART Delos
DE1605
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Instrumental
BLACKWOOD, E.: Symphonies No. 1 and 5 (DePreist, Munch) Cedille
CDR90000-016
Orchestral
BOYS GOTTA DANCE! Delos
DE1623
Concertos, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
CLASSICAL CAFFEINE Delos
DE1628
Concertos, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Instrumental
CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG - A Day in the Life of Lucky Delos
DE1617
Concertos, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Instrumental
CLASSICAL WELLNESS - Musical Tonics for Mind, Body and Spirit (3-CD Box Set) Delos
DE3464
Concertos, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Vocal, Instrumental
DAY IN THE LIFE OF LEO (A) - Classical Music for You and Your Cat Delos
DE1616
Concertos, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Opera
ENGINEER'S CHOICE Delos
DE3506
Concertos, Ballet, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Vocal, Instrumental, Choral - Sacred
ENGINEER'S CHOICE, Vol. 2 Delos
DE3512
Concertos, Ballet, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Musicals, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
GIRLS GOTTA DANCE! - Rhythms to excite the muscles, Symmetry to stimulate the brain, Melodies to delight the heart Delos
DE1624
Concertos, Ballet, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Instrumental
GOOD MUSIC FOR LITTLE GUYS Delos
DE1615
Concertos, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
GUBAIDULINA: Offertorium/ Rejoice! Freue dich BIS
BIS-CD-566
Concertos, Chamber Music
HINDEMITH, P.: 4 Temperaments (The) / Nobilissima visione Suite (Royal Philharmonic, DePreist) Delos
DE1006
Orchestral
KANCHELI: Symphonies Nos. 1, 4 and 5 Ondine
ODE829-2
Orchestral
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Sea Hawk (The) / Symphony in F-Sharp Major (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3234
Orchestral, Film and TV Music
LEES, B.: Passacaglia / PERSICHETTI, V.: Symphony No. 4 / DAUGHERTY, M.: Hell's Angels (American Contrasts) (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3291
Orchestral, Instrumental
MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 Naxos
8.557990
Orchestral
MALMO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Portrait BIS
BIS-CD-570
Orchestral, Opera
MARTINU: Fresques de Piero della Francesca (Les) / Viola Rhapsody-Concerto / Double Concerto BIS
BIS-CD-501
Concertos, Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 and 29 (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, DePreist) Delos
DE1010
Orchestral
MUSIC SURROUND SPECTACULAR (THE) - The Tests Delos
DE3179
Concertos, Ballet, Orchestral, Instrumental, Choral - Sacred, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Orchestra Music - BIZET, G. / DEBUSSY, C. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / RAVEL, M. / FAURE, G. / SATIE, E. (A French Romance) Delos
DE3202
Concertos, Ballet, Orchestral
PART, A.: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten / ALLEGRI, G.: Miserere / WEBERN, A.: Langsamer Satz (Secret Classics) Delos
DE1031
Concertos, Orchestral, Instrumental, Choral - Sacred, Opera
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 4 / Lieutenant Kije, Op. 60 BIS
BIS-CD-531
Orchestral
RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphony No. 2 / Vocalise / RESPIGHI, O.: Rachmaninov - The Sea and Seagulls (Oregon Symphony, De Preist) (The Sea and the Gulls) Delos
DE3071
Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Fountains of Rome / Pines of Rome / Roman Festivals (Respighi's Rome) (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3287
Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Festivals / STRAUSS, R.: Don Juan / LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Concerto for Orchestra (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3070
Concertos, Orchestral
SAINT-SAENS: Symphony No. 3 / Dance macabre / Bacchanale / 3 Rhapsodies BIS
BIS-CD-555
Orchestral, Instrumental
SALLINEN: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 BIS
BIS-CD-607
Orchestral
SCHNITTKE: Faust Cantata BIS
BIS-CD-437
Orchestral, Choral - Secular
SERENE JOURNEYS THROUGH CLASSICAL MUSIC Delos
DE1608
Concertos, Ballet, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Vocal, Instrumental, Choral - Sacred
SHCHEDRIN, R.: Carmen Suite / BIZET, G.: Carmen Suite No. 1 (Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, DePreist) Delos
DE3208
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies Nos. 9 and 12 (Helsinki Philharmonic, DePreist) Ondine
ODE846-2
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 10 / Festive Overture (Helsinki Philharmonic, DePreist) Delos
DE3089
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 11, "The Year 1905" (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3329
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 11, "The Year 1905" (Paananen, Helsinki Philharmonic, DePreist) Delos
DE3080
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 5 / Chamber Symphony (Helsinki Philharmonic, DePreist) Ondine
ODE817-2
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 8 (Helsinki Philharmonic, DePreist) Ondine
ODE775-2
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 BIS
BIS-CD-626
Concertos
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 7 (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3334
Orchestral
STRAVINSKY, I.: Rite of Spring (The) / The Firebird Suite (1919 version) (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3278
Ballet, Orchestral
SYMPHONIC SOUND STAGE, Vol. 1 Delos
DE3502
Concertos, Ballet, Orchestral
SYMPHONIC SOUND STAGE, Vol. 2 Delos
DE3504
Concertos, Orchestral, Opera
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.: Tempest (The) / Hamlet / 1812 Festival Overture (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3081
Orchestral
WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde, Prelude / BERLIOZ, H.: Romeo et Juliette, Love Scene / TCHAIKOVKSY, P.I.: Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3369
Orchestral
WALKER / ZWILICH: Trombone Concertos BIS
BIS-CD-628
Concertos, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
WALTON, W.: Henry V Suite / Cello Concerto / Violin Sonata / RANDS, B.: 3 Canzoni senza parole Delos
DE3342
Concertos, Orchestral, Chamber Music





 
 
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