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Conlon, James

Conlon, James

Born in 1950


Inducted in 2009

James Conlon is the music director of the Los Angeles Opera, Ravinia Music Festival in Chicago, and the Cincinnati May Festival, where he celebrated his 30th Anniversary in May 2009. One of today's preeminent conductors, Mr. Conlon cultivated a vast symphonic, operatic and choral repertoire, and developed enduring relationships with many of the world's most prestigious symphony orchestras and opera houses. Mr. Conlon's recent awards include the Music Institute of Chicago's Dushkin Award, the Medal of the American Liszt Society, and Italy's Premio Galileo 2000 Award. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music Degree by The Juilliard School, an honorary Doctor of Arts honoris causa by Chapman University and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Brandeis University. He was named an Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 1996, and in 2004 was promoted to Commander. In 2002, James Conlon received France's highest distinction from the President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac-the Légion d'Honneur. In 2009, Mr. Conlon won two Grammy Awards: Best Classical Recording and Best Opera Album, for conducting LA Opera’s production of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. He also has extensively recorded for EMI, SONY Classical, ERATO, CAPRICCIO, and TELARC, for which he has received numerous citations.