Richard Kaufman has devoted much of his musical life to conducting and supervising music for film and television productions, as well as performing film and classical music in concert halls and on recordings. The 2012-2013 concert season marks his twenty-second season as Principal Pops Conductor of Orange County’s Pacific Symphony. He also holds the permanent title of Pops Conductor Laureate with the Dallas Symphony, and is in his eighth season with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert series, “Friday Night at the Movies”.
He regularly appears as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and around the world including Cleveland, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Houston, the National Symphony in Washington DC, London, Calgary, Edmonton, Liverpool, the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, Rotterdam and the Malaysian Philharmonic. In addition to conducting “traditional” concert presentations, he often leads performances of complete film scores in concert, synchronizing the music to the actual film as it is shown on the screen above the orchestra. These legendary film titles include “the Wizard of Oz”, “Psycho”, “Casablanca”, “The Bride of Frankenstein”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and various silent films.
In October, 2011, he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a concert of the film music of Dimitri Tiomkin. The recording of this concert has recently been released to rave reviews on the LSO LIVE label.
He received the 1993 Grammy Award in the category of Best Pop Instrumental Performance. In addition to his two recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, he has recorded CDs with the Nuremberg Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the Brandenburg Philharmonic in Berlin. ... read full bio