Since making his professional conducting debut almost half a century ago, Mauceri has appeared with most of the world's great orchestras, guest conducted at the premiere opera houses, produced and musically supervised Tony and Olivier Award winning Broadway musicals, and taught at the most prestigious halls of academia. Through his varied career, he has taken the lead in the preservation and performance of many genres of music and has supervised/conducted important premieres by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stockhausen, Korngold, Hindemith, Bernstein, Sibelius, Ives, Elfman, and Shore. He is also a leading performer of music banned by the Third Reich and especially music of Hollywood’s émigré composers.
John Mauceri studied at Yale University earning a BA in 1967 and a Masters of Philosophy in Music Theory in 1972. Mauceri is credited for building the Yale Symphony Orchestra into one of the most respected student orchestras in the world. In 1973 Mauceri made both his professional orchestral debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Mauceri took a leadership role in reevaluating the American Musical Theater in his historically informed performances and recordings of classic American musicals, such as On Your Toes by Rodgers & Hart which he initiated and co-produced in 1983. Mauceri led the charge in reassessing the American works of Kurt Weill, which had been generally viewed as inferior to his German works.
After making his operatic debut at the Wolf Trap Festival in 1973, Mauceri continued to build his operatic repertoire conducting at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Royal Opera House, the Deutsche Oper, and numerous others around the world. In 1972 Mauceri was invited to be Bernstein's assistant for a new production of Carmen at the Met. This began an association between the two that would span the next eighteen years. During this time Mauceri edited, supervised and conducted numerous Bernstein works throughout the world, including many premieres, at the composers request.
After forty years of dormancy the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra was re-created for John Mauceri by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association in 1991. Breaking all records at the Bowl, he conducted over 300 concerts at the 18,000-seat amphitheater.
Mr. Mauceri is one of the world’s most accomplished recording artists, having released over 75 audio CDs and is the recipient of Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Edison Klassiek, 3 Emmy Awards, 2 Diapasons d’Or, Cannes Classique, ECHO Klassik, Billboard, and four Deutsche Schallplatten awards. Source: Wikipedia