“The cornerstone of the city’s new music groups.” – The Arts Fuse

Richard Pittman, Music Director

Richard PittmanRichard Pittman, Music Director and Founder, has led Boston Musica Viva to 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.  He and BMV were the recipients of the Laurel Leaf Award in 1991 from the American Composers Alliance for distinguished achievement in fostering and encouraging American music.  Pittman and BMV received the 2003 ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming.

Pittman is also Music Director of the Concord Orchestra (Massachusetts), conducting twelve concerts per season. In 1997, Pittman was appointed Music Director of the New England Philharmonic in Boston.

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.

From 1968-84, Pittman 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.  Pittman received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Peabody Conservatory in 1996.

Pittman studied conducting with Laszlo Halasz in New York, Sergiu Celibidache in Italy, Pierre Boulez in Switzerland, and Wilhelm Brueckner-Rueggeberg in Germany.