Jeffrey Tate (conductor)

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Jeffrey Tate CBE (born 28 April 1943, Salisbury) is an English conductor.

Tate was born with spina bifida, and also has kyphosis. His family moved to Farnham, Surrey when he was young and he attended Farnham Grammar School between 1954 and 1961 gaining a State Scholarship to Cambridge University, where he directed theatre productions. Tate initially read medicine at Christ's College, Cambridge (1961–64), specializing in eye surgery. He later worked at St Thomas's Hospital, London, before giving up his clinical career to study music at the London Opera Centre. He became a repetiteur and a coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, under the tutelage of Sir Georg Solti.

Tate's international conducting début was with the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1979. In 1985, he was appointed the first principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra. He was named to the position of principal conductor of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden effective in September 1986, the first person in the House's history to have that title. He was principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra from 1991 to 1995. In 2005, he was appointed music director of the San Carlo Theatre of Naples. Tate's recordings include a series of Mozart piano concertos with Mitsuko Uchida.

Tate has been president of UK Spina Bifida charity ASBAH since 1989. A portrait of Jeffrey Tate is in David Blum's book Quintet, Five Journeys toward Musical Fulfillment (Cornell University Press, 1999). It originally appeared as an article in the 30 April 1990 issue of The New Yorker.

In October 2007, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Tate as its next chief conductor, as of the spring of 2008.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 Chants d'Auvergne, Vol. 1 Joseph Canteloube; Kiri Te Kanawa, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 3
1984 Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne, Vol. 2 / Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Joseph Canteloube, Heitor Villa-Lobos; Kiri Te Kanawa, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 2
1984 Symphonies no. 40 · no. 41 ‘Jupiter’ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Jeffrey Tate, English Chamber Orchestra 1
1986 Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 21 Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
1986 Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K622 / Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K581 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Thea King, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Gabrieli String Quartet 3
1986 Quartet no. 14 in D minor / Der Tod und das Mädchen (Lied) Franz Schubert, arr. Gustav Mahler; English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Ann Murray 1
1987 Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 23 Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
1987 The Banks of Green Willow English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Ann Murray 1
1988 Violin Concertos Mendelssohn, Bruch, Schubert; Nigel Kennedy, Jeffrey Tate, English Chamber Orchestra 1
1989 Piano Concertos Nos. 18, 19 Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
1989 Piano Concertos Nos. 24, 25 Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
1991 Piano Concertos Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
1992 Les contes d’Hoffmann Jacques Offenbach; Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Jeffrey Tate 1
2000 Horn Concertos 1-4 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate; Radovan Vlatković 1
2003 Symphonies 1 & 2 Sir Edward Elgar; London Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
Symphonies Nos. 100 "Military" / 103 "Drum Roll" Joseph Haydn; English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1984 Opera & Concert Arias Compilation Mozart; Jeffrey Tate, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Barbara Hendricks 1
2001 The Great Piano Concertos, Volume 1: Nos. 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 Compilation Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 2
2001 The Great Piano Concertos, Volume 2: Nos. 16, 24, 25, 26, 27 Compilation Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 2
2002 The Great Piano Concertos, Volume 3: Nos. 9, 14, 15,17, 18 Compilation Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 2
2003 Early Piano Concertos: Nos. 5, 6, 8, 11 - 13 Compilation Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
2006 The Piano Concertos Compilation Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1

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