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Michael Tilson Thomas

  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Pianist


Michael Tilson Thomas is regarded as one of the preeminent American conductors.  Michael Tilson Thomas is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, an orchestral academy in Miami, Florida, as well as the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Michael Tilson Thomas was born in Los Angeles, California. He is a member of musical and artistic family. Michael Tilson Thomas's grandparents, Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, established the Yiddish Theater in America. His father, Ted Thomas, started his career as a producer of the Mercury Theater Company in New York and then moved to Los Angeles to continue his career in films and television. Michael Tilson Thomas's mother, Roberta Thomas, worked as the head of research department at Columbia Pictures.