Leon Botstein has been president of Bard College since 1975, where he is also Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. Under his leadership Bard College has become a premiere American educational institution with a network of innovative public high schools and a college-degree program for maximum-security prisons, as well as a global presence with joint-degree programs across the globe. Botstein is also chairman of the board of the Central European University and a board member of the Open Society Foundations.

Botstein has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, and is a conductor of international renown. He is co-artistic director of the Summerscape and Bard Music Festivals at Bard College, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the state radio orchestra of Israel, where he served as music director from 2003 to 2010.

Forthcoming is a sequel to his earlier book, Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture (1997). His essays for the Bard Music Festival, published by Princeton, are soon to be anthologized. He edited The Compleat Brahms (1999) and his Judentum und Modernität: Essays zur Rolle der Juden in der Deutschen und Österreichischen Kultur, 1848–1938 (1991) was translated into Russian in 2003. He is editor of The Musical Quarterly and co-editor of Jews and the City of Vienna, 1870–1938 (2004).  

Last Updated: July 29, 2017