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James Conlon is an American conductor. He is known for both his symphonic and operatic work. He debuted in 1971 conducting “Boris Godunov” at the Spoleto Festival, and his New York debut the following year leading “La Bohème”. He has conducted many major North American and European orchestras, inlucing the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Conlon has conducted more than two hundred performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He has been music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra as well as the Opéra National de Paris. During the 2002-2003 season, PBS aired “Concerto”, six half-hour shows hosted by James. He has received many awards including the Zemlinsky Prize, awarded only once before, for his efforts in bringing the composer’s music to international attention; de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government; and the Lègion d’Honneur from the President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac.
Source- Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Conlon