One of today’s leading musical artists, Ted Sperling is a director, music director, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, singer, pianist and violinist. Mr. Sperling became the Artistic Director of MasterVoices in October 2013.
Mr. Sperling comes from a musical family which inspired him to start violin and piano studies at the age of five. He added viola and harpsichord while studying in the pre-college program at The Juilliard School, where he received the faculty prize and the Baldwin prize. While majoring in music at Yale, Mr. Sperling was the principal violist in the Yale Symphony for three years, sang in the professional chapel choir, and was countertenor soloist in many concerts with the Bach Society, Glee Club and other groups, including the Bridgeport Symphony. Following his graduation from Yale, he was the assistant conductor at the Stamford Symphony and sang professionally at St. John the Divine, Park Avenue Synagogue, and with Amor Artis.
Since moving to New York Mr. Sperling has distinguished himself in a range of artistic genres. He has an active concert career, working with singers such as Audra McDonald, Victoria Clark, Patti LuPone, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Paulo Szot, Deborah Voigt and violinist Joshua Bell. He has conducted concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, the Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y.
Mr. Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits include the rapturously received revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, and South Pacific; Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, My Favorite Year, and Sunday in the Park with George. Off- Broadway credits include A Man of No Importance, A New Brain, Saturn Returns and Floyd Collins. Opera work includes two NYC premieres by composer Ricky Ian Gordon: 27 starring Stephanie Blythe, and The Grapes of Wrath, starring Nathan Gunn; Dido and Aeneas starring Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark; and La Voix Humaine starring Audra McDonald. Mr. Sperling’s work as a stage director includes the world premieres of The Other Josh Cohen, See What I Wanna See, Striking 12, and Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark. Recent gala performances include Show Boat with Vanessa Williams and Julian Ovenden, The Making of A Chorus Line with Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff, The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close and Martin Short, Cabaret with Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne, Song of Norway with Judy Kaye, She Loves Me with Santino Fontana, and The Mikado with Christopher Fitzgerald.
Mr. Sperling received the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in the musical theater. He also serves as consultant for the Public Theater and Creative Director of the 24-Hour Musicals.