is the keyword for Richard Pittman, marked by the large, varied
repertoire he has led with a range of orchestras, ensembles, and opera
companies across the world. His lucid baton and highly efficient
rehearsal technique enable Pittman to bring out the very best in
orchestras at every level. With interpretive insights into the most
diverse areas of the repertoire, Pittman's performances have been noted
for their sensitivity to character and style, rhythmic vitality,
shaping of melodic lines, clarity of structure and dramatic pacing.
founder of the prestigious Boston Musica Viva, Richard Pittman has led
that group to international prominence as one of the finest new music
ensembles in the world. He has a special ability to bring new works to
life and possesses an ear for talent which has led to the commissioning
of works for the Boston Musica Viva that have entered the international
repertoire and garnered major awards for many of those composers.
has been recognized for his creative programming, receiving ASCAP
Adventurous Programming Awards with Boston Musica Viva as well as with
both of his other orchestras, the New England Philharmonic and the
Concord Orchestra. In addition, Pittman has been given the Laurel Leaf
Award from the American Composers Alliance for the fostering and
nurturing of American music, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the
Peabody Conservatory and in 2015, an Honorary Doctorate for his
outstanding contributions as a conductor from Boston Conservatory.
Richard Pittman has also won kudos
as an experienced opera conductor with a theatrical flair and
sensitivity to singers' needs. He has a repertoire of 65 operas, from
the staples of the standard repertoire to world premieres, first US
performances and first European performances.