Keith Lockhart celebrates his 20th anniversary as conductor of the world famous Boston Pops this season. During his tenure, Lockhart has conducted nearly 1700 Pops concerts, a majority of which have taken place during the orchestra’s spring and holiday seasons in Boston’s historic Symphony Hall. Lockhart has also led the Boston Pops in annual appearances at Tanglewood, the BSO’s summer home in western Massachusetts.
Lockhart’s work outside Symphony Hall has been diverse and multi-faceted, focusing on the orchestra’s national exposure through touring (he has led 40 national tours to 134 cities in 33 states, as well as four international tours to Japan and Korea), and participation in some of the country’s highest-profile sporting events. In 2014 the annual July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular drew a live audience of approximately 500,000.
Prior to coming to Boston, Keith Lockhart was the associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras, as well as music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, and honorary doctorates from several American universities.
For more information about this year’s Boston Pops season, including a listing of special-guest appearances, be sure to visit www.bso.org.
Congratulations and Best Wishes, Keith!