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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Albums

LS 783-784 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Pone, "La Serenissima"; Consoli, "Afterimages"; Pillin, "Symphony, Op. 3"; Suber, "Symphony: Of Wind And Light" album art 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 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - The Moscow Sessions album art 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 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Symphony 1933 (Symphony No. 1) , Concerto For Violin And Orchestra album art 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
Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Clarinet Concertos / Prelude, Fugue & Riffs album art Copland*Corigliano* / Bernstein* : Richard Stoltzman, London Symphony Orchestra*, Lawrence Leighton Smith* Copland*Corigliano* / Bernstein* : Richard Stoltzman, London Symphony Orchestra*, Lawrence Leighton Smith* - Clarinet Concertos / Prelude, Fugue & Riffs (Album) RCA Victor US 1988 Sell This Version
LS 793 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - The Visions Of Merlin / Favola Boccaccesca album art Dan Welcher / Robert Xavier Rodríguez, The Louisville Orchestra, Akira Endo, Lawrence Leighton-Smith Dan Welcher / Robert Xavier Rodríguez, The Louisville Orchestra, Akira Endo, Lawrence Leighton-Smith - The Visions Of Merlin / Favola Boccaccesca(LP, Album) First Edition Records LS 793 US 1989 Sell This Version
795 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Brian Fennelly: Fantasy Variations / Sydney Hodkinson: Sinfonia Concertante album art 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 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Housewarming / Symphony Of Spirituals album art 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 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Music Of Ezra Laderman (Concerto For Violin And Orchestra / Sanctuary / Citadel) album art 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 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Island Rhythms / Kentucky Concerto / Pro Et Contra album art The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Joan Tower / Otto Luening / Sofia Gubaidulina The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Joan Tower / Otto Luening / Sofia Gubaidulina - Island Rhythms / Kentucky Concerto / Pro Et Contra(CD, Album) First Edition Records LCD006 US 1991 Sell This Version
LCD008 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Music of John Corigliano album art John Corigliano, The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton Smith*, James Tocco John Corigliano, The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton Smith*, James Tocco - Music of John Corigliano(CD) First Edition Records LCD008 US 1994 Sell This Version
09026-63836-2 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Clarinet Concertos album art 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 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Symphonies 1 & 3 / Seattle Slew Orchestral Suite album art 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
LS 789 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - The Glass Bead Game; A Movement For Orchestra; Ricercare album art The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith, Claude Baker, Robert Bernhardt, John B. Foley, Walter Piston, James R. Rightmyer The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton-Smith, Claude Baker, Robert Bernhardt, John B. Foley, Walter Piston, James R. Rightmyer - The Glass Bead Game; A Movement For Orchestra; Ricercare(LP, Album) The Louisville Orchestra First Edition Records LS 789 US Unknown Sell This Version
CWR-102 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Béla Bartók  Sonata For Solo Violin, Second Sonata For Violin & Piano album art Gabriel Banat, Lawrence Smith* Gabriel Banat, Lawrence Smith* - Béla Bartók Sonata For Solo Violin, Second Sonata For Violin & Piano(LP, Album) Cutty Wren Records CWR-102 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

LCD 007 Lawrence Leighton-Smith - Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 3, Seattle Slew Orchestral Suite album art 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 - The Moscow Sessions Vol 3 album art 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