Larry Rachleff is in his 20th season as music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. He also serves as music director of the Rice University Shepherd School orchestras. Mr. Rachleff has guest conducted the Utah, Houston, Seattle, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Phoenix, and Toledo symphonies, as well as the Dayton Philharmonic, among many others.
A former faculty member at Oberlin Conservatory, where he was music director of orchestras and conductor of the Contemporary Ensemble, he has also served as conductor of the Opera Theatre at the University of Southern California. He has conducted and presented masterclasses all over the world, including the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Zurich Hochschule, the Sydney and Queensland conservatories, Juilliard, the New England Conservatory, and the Royal Northern College in the U.K.
Mr. Rachleff is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education. He has conducted all-state orchestras and festivals in virtually every state in the nation as well as throughout Europe and Canada. He has also served as principal conducting teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Conductors’ Guild, and the International Workshop for Conductors in the Czech Republic.
A dedicated advocate of contemporary music, he has collaborated with leading composers including Samuel Adler, the late Luciano Berio, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty, and John Harbison, among others.