On this day in music history, September 1, conductor/composer Leonard Slatkin was born.
Slatkin was born September 1, 1948. He is the son of violinist/conductor Felix Slatkin and cellist Eleanor Aller, founding members of the Hollywood String Quartet.
He studied violin and conducting with his father before attending the Juilliard School in New York City's Lincoln Center where he studied conducting with Jean Morel.
Slatkin made his conducting debut at Manhattan's Carnegie Hall at age 22. Two years later, he was named assistant conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra where he stayed until 1977.
He returned in 1979 as music director, where he served out his tenure until 1996.
Throughout his career, he has conducted and recorded with major orchestras across the United States and worldwide. He has earned 64 Grammy Award nominations and won 7.
Slatkin is also known for his commitment to students and young musicians. He is the founder of the National Conducting Institute and the Saint Louis Youth Symphony Orchestra. He also maintains an active teaching career at several major conservatories.
Dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as "America's Music Director," Slatkin also earned the League of American Orchestras' Gold Baton for his service to American music.