Jeffrey Kahane

Conductor | Pianist | Educator
San Antonio Philharmonic season brochure cover shows a picture of the Majestic Theatre at night with the Season 2024-25 announcement displayed on the theater marquee.

San Antonio Philharmonic Announces
New 2024-2025 Season

The SA Philharmonic is excited to announce its third season, the first with renowned music director, Jeffrey Kahane!

June 2-25, 2024

Sarasota Music Festival

Join us at the Sarasota Music Festival June 2 – 25, 2024 as we celebrate our 60th anniversary with three weeks of thrilling performances, coachings, and masterclasses.

About Jeffrey

“Over the years, I have tried my best to bring a sense of moral and ethical purpose to everything I do as a musician, and to transmit the sense that we are not just making beautiful sounds, but engaging in storytelling, in acts of imagination and ethical choices.”

Pianist, conductor, and scholar Jeffrey Kahane is now in the fifth decade of an expansive and eclectic career — one that has ranged from concertos with the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphonies, to recitals with Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell, to European tours with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under his baton, to lecture/performances of Beethoven symphonies informed by his immersion in ancient literature, to collaborations with the Emerson, Miró, Dover, Attacca and Calidore String Quartets.

His 2023-2024 season includes conducting the opening concerts of the San Antonio Philharmonic, returning to the Colorado Symphony as guest conductor and soloist, appearing with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Gabriel Kahane’s “Heirloom”, conducted by the composer, and performing that same concerto again at Carnegie Hall with The Knights under the direction of Eric Jacobsen…

Jeffrey Kahane, new music director of San Antonio Philharmonic

San Antonio Philharmonic

The San Antonio Philharmonic announced the appointment of beloved conductor, pianist, and educator Jeffrey Kahane as Music Director for the 2024-2025 season in February 2024, for an initial period of three seasons.

San Antonio Philharmonic Executive Director Roberto Treviño, an architect and former city councilman, said of Kahane’s appointment, “The San Antonio Philharmonic’s dedication to inclusivity across all segments of our community is underscored with the selection of Jeffrey Kahane, who understands the significance of engaging with all members of the community.”

2024-2025 marks the third season of the Philharmonic, revived by its musicians with the help of dedicated community leaders and supporters. This season celebrates an 85-year musical legacy and a new era of commitment to the San Antonio community, including partnerships with Majestic Theatre, San Antonio Mastersingers, and many others. The Philharmonic will welcome soloists Augustin Hadelich, Elena Urioste, Jon Kimura Parker and a two-season artistic partnership with Roomful of Teeth.

USC Thornton School of Music

Jeffrey was appointed to the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in 2016. He teaches a highly select group of outstanding pianists, as well as coaching chamber music and teaching courses in performance practice. In 2021, he co-taught a course which he developed with colleagues from the Department of Classics, on the connections between ancient Greek and Roman literature and the history of classical music. He has also taken numerous courses in the USC Classics department allowing him to pursue his passion for studying Greek and Latin literature in the original languages. Jeffrey previously taught at the New England Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and in 2012-13 was Professor of Music and the Humanities at Bard College.

Jeffrey Kahane plays a grand piano with an orchestra
Jeffrey Kahane conducts an orchestra

Sarasota Music Festival

Every summer, for three weeks in June, the Sarasota Music Festival brings together over 100 musicians – some sixty fellows and forty-five faculty artists – from around the country and the world for a celebration of music that over the course of nearly sixty years has developed a reputation as one of the great music festivals in America.

In 2016, Jeffrey was appointed the third music director of the Festival, succeeding the legendary Robert Levin and the founder of the Festival, Paul Wolfe. Since his appointment, Jeffrey has expanded the range of the Festival repertoire as well as introducing dozens of new faculty artists in addition to many of the long-term faculty, some of whom have been coming to teach and play for decades and who in several cases began their association with the Festival as fellows themselves in their student years.

This coming summer, the Sarasota Music Festival will run from June 2nd to June 22th, 2024 and will have a special focus on musicians who speak multiple musical languages and are at home in a variety of musical genres, with opportunities for the fellows to broaden their musical horizons beyond the traditional canonical repertoire and their classical training.



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