Lawrence Leighton-Smith

Lawrence Leighton-Smith

Profile:
Lawrence Leighton Smith (1936–2013) was an American conductor and pianist. He received bachelor's degrees from the Portland State University (1956) and The Mannes College Of Music (1959), where Lawrence studied piano with Leonard Shure. Five years after the graduation, Leighton-Smith won the first prize at the Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition. From 1985 to 1993, he worked as the music director of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Smith earned a doctorate from the University of Louisville in 1992.

As a pianist, Leighton-Smith accompanied many prominent musicians and singers, including Franco Corelli, Sherrill Milnes, Zara Nelsova, Ruggiero Ricci, Jennie Tourel, Renata Tebaldi, Walter Trampler, and Pinchas Zukerman. He also recorded Ferruccio Busoni's complete works for two pianos with Daniell Revenaugh. In 1986, Smith became the first American conductor to lead Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

Throughout his career, Leighton-Smith had guest appearances with nearly every major orchestra in the United States, and served as a music director for many prominent ensembles, including:

The Metropolitan Opera (1964–67) – assistant conductor
Westchester Symphony Orchestra (1967–69)
The Phoenix Symphony (1970–73) – principal guest conductor
Oregon Symphony Orchestra (1973–80)
San Antonio Symphony Orchestra (1980–85)
North Carolina Symphony (1980–81) – artistic advisor and pgc
The Louisville Orchestra (1983–94)
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (1997–2000) – pgc
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Artist

Lawrence Leighton-Smith Discography Tracks

Albums

LS 783-784 The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Pone, "La Serenissima"; Consoli, "Afterimages"; Pillin, "Symphony, Op. 3"; Suber, "Symphony: Of Wind And Light"(LP) First Edition Records LS 783-784 US 1986 Sell This Version
TLP-25 Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton Smith* Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton Smith* - The Moscow Sessions(LP, Album) Sheffield Lab TLP-25 US 1987 Sell This Version
LS 786 Roy Harris / The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith, Jorge Mester, Gregory Fulkerson Roy Harris / The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith, Jorge Mester, Gregory Fulkerson - Symphony 1933 (Symphony No. 1) , Concerto For Violin And Orchestra(LP, Album) First Edition Records LS 786 US 1987 Sell This Version
795 The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton Smith*, Brian Fennelly, Sydney Hodkinson The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton Smith*, Brian Fennelly, Sydney Hodkinson - Brian Fennelly: Fantasy Variations / Sydney Hodkinson: Sinfonia Concertante(LP) First Edition Records 795 US 1989 Sell This Version
LS 791 The Louisville Orchestra, Morton Gould, Lawrence Leighton Smith* The Louisville Orchestra, Morton Gould, Lawrence Leighton Smith* - Housewarming / Symphony Of Spirituals(LP, RE) First Edition Records LS 791 US 1989 Sell This Version
LCD004 The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton Smith*, Elmar Oliveira - Ezra Laderman The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton Smith*, Elmar Oliveira - Ezra Laderman - Music Of Ezra Laderman (Concerto For Violin And Orchestra / Sanctuary / Citadel)(CD) First Edition Records LCD004 US 1990 Sell This Version
LCD006 Joan Tower / Otto Luening / Sofia GubaidulinaLawrence Leighton-Smith, The Louisville Orchestra Joan Tower / Otto Luening / Sofia GubaidulinaLawrence Leighton-Smith, The Louisville Orchestra - Island Rhythms / Kentucky Concerto / Pro Et Contra(CD) First Edition Records LCD006 US 1991 Sell This Version
09026-63836-2 Richard Stoltzman, The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith Richard Stoltzman, The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Clarinet Concertos(CD, Album) RCA Victor Red Seal 09026-63836-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
FECD-0033 William Bolcom - The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith William Bolcom - The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Symphonies 1 & 3 / Seattle Slew Orchestral Suite(CD, Album) First Edition Music FECD-0033 US 2005 Sell This Version

Compilations

LCD 007 William Bolcom, The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith William Bolcom, The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 3, Seattle Slew Orchestral Suite(CD, Album, Comp) First Edition Records LCD 007 US 1992 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

CD-27 Lawrence Leighton-Smith, Dmitri Kitayenko*, Dmitri Shostakovich, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Charles Griffes, Alexander Glazunov, Burl Ives Lawrence Leighton-Smith, Dmitri Kitayenko*, Dmitri Shostakovich, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Charles Griffes, Alexander Glazunov, Burl Ives - The Moscow Sessions Vol 3(CD) Sheffield Lab CD-27 US 1987 Sell This Version