Lawrence Foster

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Lawrence Foster (born October 23, 1941, in Los Angeles, California) is an American conductor of Romanian ancestry.

Foster became the conductor of the San Francisco Ballet at the age of 18, and served as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. He has held music directorships with the Houston Symphony, the Ojai Music Festival, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya in Spain. In late 1989, Foster had been reported as the next Music Director of the Pacific Symphony of Orange County, California. However, in February 1990, the offer was rescinded, and Foster never held this post.

In 1990, Foster was appointed Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Since 2002, Foster has been the music director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon. He has served as music director of the Orchestre National de Montpellier and the Opéra National de Montpellier since September 2009. In February 2012, Foster was announced as the next music director of l'Opéra de Marseille and the Orchestre philharmonique de Marseille, beginning in September 2012, with an initial contract of 4 years.

Foster is particularly noted as an interpreter of the works of George Enescu, and has made a comprehensive survey of commercial recordings of Enescu's music.

Foster has recorded a number of discs for PENTATONE, including Gordon Getty's opera Usher House, Schumann's symphonies, orchestral works by Kodaly, Bartok and Ligeti, and piano and violin concertos by Bruch, Korngold, Rachmaninov, Grieg and Chopin, with various soloists.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Paganini: Violin Concerto no. 1 / Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy Niccolò Paganini, Pablo de Sarasate; Itzhak Perlman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Foster 1
1991 Wieniawski: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen Wieniawski, Sarasate; London Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Foster, Gil Shaham 1
1995 Recital Gaetano Donizetti, Charles-François Gounod, Jacques Offenbach; Marilyn Horne, Lawrence Foster, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo 1
1995 The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 11: Scharwenka: Piano Concerto no. 4 in F minor / Sauer: Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor Franz Xaver Scharwenka, Emil von Sauer; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Foster, Stephen Hough 2
1996 À la carte Itzhak Perlman, The Abbey Road Ensemble, Lawrence Foster 1
1997 The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 17: Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor / Piano Concerto no. 2 in D minor / Capriccio Brilliant, op. 22 / Rondo Brilliant, op. 29 / Serenade and Allegro giocoso, op. 43 Felix Mendelssohn; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Foster, Stephen Hough 1
1999 Concertos From My Childhood Juilliard Orchestra, Lawrence Foster, Itzhak Perlman 1
2003 The Perlman Edition Paganini, Sarasate; Itzhak Perlman, Lawrence Foster 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Romances & Adagios : Les pages les plus tendres de la musique classique Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Lawrence Foster 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Jessye Norman at Notre-Dame: A Christmas Concert Jessye Norman, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon, Lawrence Foster 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Rhapsody In Blue / An American in Paris / Concerto in F (piano : Gabriel Tacchino - banjo : Francis le Mager - director : Lawrence Foster) George Gershwin; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Lawrence Foster, Gabriel Tacchino, Francis le Mager 1

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