Guest Conductor Bio
James DePreist, newly appointed Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Julliard School and former Music Director of the Oregon Symphony.
Born in Philadelphia in 1936, he studied composition at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He was later selected by Leonard Bernstein to be an assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic for the 1965-1966 season.
With more than 50 recordings to his credit, DePreist has a substantial presence in the recording arena. His varied recorded repertoire includes 15 recordings with the Oregon Symphony which have helped establish the orchestra as one of America’s finest.
James DePreist has been awarded 13 honorary doctorates and is the author of two books of poetry. In 2005, the President of the United States presented him with the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. He is the nephew of the legendary contralto Marian Anderson.