Keith Lockhart became the twentieth conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. Lockhart has worked with a wide array of established artists from virtually every corner of the entertainment world, while also promoting programs that focus on talented young musicians from the Tanglewood Music Center, Boston Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music.
Now in his fifteenth season, he has conducted more than 1,000 Boston Pops concerts and introduced the innovative JazzFest and EdgeFest series, which feature the Pops performing with prominent jazz and indie artists. Lockhart has also introduced concert performances of full-length Broadway shows, including Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel and Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, and the PopSearch and High School Sing-Off vocal competitions open to the general public.
Under his leadership, the Boston Pops has commissioned several new works and dozens of new arrangements. Lockhart is loved by audiences far and wide for his inimitable style, expressed not only through his consummate music-making, but also by his unique ability to speak directly to the audience about the music to which he is so passionately committed.
Lockhart and the Boston Pops have released four self-produced recordings—Sleigh Ride, America, Oscar & Tony, and, most recently, The Red Sox Album. They have also recorded eight albums with RCA Victor—Runnin' Wild: The Boston Pops Play Glenn Miller, American Visions, the Grammy-nominated Celtic Album, Holiday Pops, A Splash of Pops, Encore!, the Latin Grammy-nominated Latin Album, and My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration.
Lockhart has made 67 television shows with the Boston Pops, including a recent concert featuring jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and special guests Sting, John Mayer, and Steven Tyler, which was taped for national broadcast on PBS in March 2009 and subsequently released on DVD and CD. The annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is broadcast nationally on CBS Television.
Lockhart has also led the Boston Pops in many Holiday Pops telecasts, as well as 38 new programs for Evening at Pops (1970-2004). Under his direction, the Boston Pops has presented 33 national tours, performed at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, and brought the music of "America's Orchestra" overseas in four tours of Japan and Korea. Lockhart has also led the Boston Pops in performances at several major sports events, including game two of the 2008 NBA playoffs, the 2004 NFL Season Kickoff television special, and the pre-game show of Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and has previously served as associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras. In addition to guest conducting appearances in the United States and abroad, Lockhart also holds the titles of artistic advisor and principal conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. As music director of the Utah Symphony since 1998, Lockhart led that orchestra at the 2002 Olympic Games; he concluded his tenure there after the 2008-2009 season. Visit keithlockhart.com for further information.