Career Milestones
2011 Named a Fellow of the Aspen Institute
2011 Named Music Director Designate of the Aspen Music Festival and School
2011 Receives Honorary Doctorate from Emory University
2010 Receives Honorary Doctorate from Oberlin
2010 Named Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emory University - an honor previously bestowed upon the Dalai Lama, Salman Rushdie and Jimmy Carter
2010-11 Celebrates ten years as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with ten world premiere fanfares
2010 Leads world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's On a Wire with Eighth Blackbird and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
2010 Leads 20th Anniversary Choral Conducting Workshop for Carnegie Hall
2009 Conducts acclaimed performance of Stravinsky's The Nightengale in Carnegie Hall
2009 Receives Columbia University's Ditson Award
2009 Conducts second Ring Cycle for Seattle Opera
2008 Opens Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia
2007 Receives Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar
2000 Starts The Atlanta School of Composers
2008 Named Musical America's Conductor of the Year
2007 Records "La Boheme" live with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
2007 Opens Edinburgh Festival with BBC Scottish
2007 London Proms Debut with BBC Scottish
2006 Music Director of the Ojai Festival
2006 February/March Conducts the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall; the Atlanta Symphony in Carnegie Hall; and the Atlanta Symphony for Great Performer's at Lincoln Center within a two week period.
2005 Conducts his first Ring cycle, Seattle
2001 to present Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
1996 to 2004 Music Director, Brooklyn Philharmonic
2005 (Telarc) Grammy Award for Berlioz Requiem "Best Choral Performance"
2003 and 2004 Director, Festival of Contemporary Music, Tanglewood
1998 to 2002 Head of the Conducting Fellowship Program at the Tanglewood Music Center.
2003 (Telarc) Grammy Award for Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony "Best Classical Album" and "Best Choral Performance"
2003 April debut at the New York Philharmonic
2001 January debut with Seattle Opera (Billy Budd)
1999 January debut with Czech Philharmonic
1998 May debut with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala
1997 February debut at Welsh National Opera (Carmen)
1996 November debut with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
1995 May debut at Royal Opera Covent Garden (Billy Budd)
1993 November debut with Cleveland Orchestra
1991 November debut with Philadelphia Orchestra
1991 February debut with Boston Symphony