One of today’s leading musical artists, Ted Sperling has enjoyed a career on the concert stage and in musical theater over 30 years. He has led such symphony orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Iceland Symphony, Czech National Symphony and BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera, often working with leading singers from the opera and Broadway stage. Artistic Director of MasterVoices and formerly Principal Conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic, Mr. Sperling is a multi-faceted artist also known for his work as orchestrator, singer, pianist, violinist, violist, director, and music director.
His 2018-2019 concerts include a Bernstein program at the Caramoor Music Festival, a Bernstein recital with soprano Isabel Leonard at the Kimmel Center and the Park Avenue Armory, an opera program with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, two film programs with San Francisco Symphony, Handel’s “Messiah” and a film program with Stamford Symphony. In New York, he has conducted multiple concerts with the New York Philharmonic, for PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center, the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center, and the Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y. Recent performances at Carnegie Hall include the NY premieres of Not the Messiah starring Eric Idle; Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise starring Anthony Dean Griffey; and Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera, The Grapes of Wrath, starring Nathan Gunn, Elizabeth Futral, Christine Ebersole and Victoria Clark. Mr. Sperling conducted Audra McDonald in a double bill of La Voix Humaine and the world premiere of Send: Who Are You? I Love You? at the Houston Grand Opera.
Mr. Sperling is the music director for My Fair Lady now playing at Lincoln Center Theater. He won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director, and has numerous other Broadway credits as music director, conductor, and pianist. He has conducted the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is Illuminated, and directed the short film Love Mom, starring Tonya Pinkins. Mr. Sperling’s work as a stage director includes the world premieres of five musicals: Red Eye of Love, The Other Josh Cohen, See What I Wanna See, Charlotte: Life? Or Theater? and Striking 12, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark.
He received the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in the musical theater and is Creative Director of the 24-Hour Musicals. He graduated summa cum lade from Yale University, and received the Faculty Prize from The Juilliard School.