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Richard Kaufman has devoted much of his musical life conducting and supervising
music for film and television productions, as well as performing film and classical music
in concert halls and on recordings. He is currently in his forth season with the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra concert series, “Friday Night at the Movies”, conducting classic
and contemporary film music, as well as classical music used in motion pictures. As
Principal Pops Conductor, Richard is in his twelfth season with the Dallas Symphony
Orchestra, his eighteenth season with Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, and his fifth
with The Florida Orchestra. He regularly appears as a guest conductor with symphony
orchestras throughout the United States, as well as overseas. Richard made his LA
Opera debut, conducting “Concierto para Mendez”, a commissioned work based on the
life of trumpet legend Rafael Mendez with music by Lee Holdridge.

Richard received the 1993 Grammy Award in the category of Best Pop Instrumental
Performance for a recording he conducted with the Nuremberg Symphony (“Symphonic
Hollywood” – Varese Sarabande). His most recent recording, entitled “The High and the
Mighty” (Varese Sarabande) is with the London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded at
Abby Road Studios, this CD features music from classic and contemporary films about
flying. Richard’s other recordings include two CDs of film music performed by the
Brandenburg Philharmonic in Berlin (“Historic Romances” and “Captain Blood” – Marco
Polo), a second recording with the Nuremberg Symphony celebrating the 100th
anniversary of motion pictures (“Movie Memories” – Varese Sarabande), and two
critically acclaimed CDs with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (“Wuthering
Heights – A Tribute to Alfred Newman” and “Shane – A Tribute to Victor Young” –

He has conducted for performers including John Denver, Andy Williams, Mary Martin,
Nanette Fabray, Linda Ronstadt, Patti Austin, Dianna Krall, David Copperfield, Monica
Mancini, Juliet Prowse, Art Garfunkel and the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary.
As a violinist, Richard performed on numerous film and television scores including
"Jaws", “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Saturday Night Fever”, and (in a moment
of desperation) "Animal House". He has recorded with artists including, John Denver,
Burt Bacharach, The Carpenters, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond and Ray Charles.
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For two years, Richard served as Music Associate to Lionel Newman at
Twentieth Century Fox Studios, and in 1984 joined the Music Department of
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios as Music Coordinator. For the next 18 years,
Richard worked in the music areas of both feature film and television, and went
on to supervise music for all MGM television projects. He received two Emmy
Award nominations, one for the animated series, "The Pink Panther" in the
category of Outstanding Music Direction and Composition, and another for
Outstanding Original Song co-authored for the series, "All Dogs Go to Heaven.”
As a unique part of his career in film, Richard has coached various actors in
musical film roles including Jack Nicholson, Dudley Moore, Armande Assante,
Susan Sarandon and Tom Hanks.

In the world of Musical Theater, Richard served as Music Director and Conductor
for numerous theatrical productions both nationally and for the Los Angeles and
San Francisco Civic Light Opera. He was Music Director and Conductor for the
First National Companies of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" for Joseph Papp and the
New York Shakespeare Festival, and "Company" for Hal Prince. He was Music
Director/Conductor for a special concert presentation of the Tony Award winning
musical “City of Angels” which was personally supervised by writer Larry
Gelbart and the legendary Broadway composer Cy Coleman.

Richard has appeared as a guest speaker at various universities including Southern
California, Georgia, Furman, and California State Universities at Northridge and
Fullerton. He is a member of the Music Advisory Board of the Young Musicians

Born in Los Angeles, Richard began violin studies at age 7, played in the Peter
Meremblum California Junior Symphony, and was a member of the Young Musicians
Foundation Debut Orchestra. He attended the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood in
the Fellowship program, and earned a B.A. in Music from California State University
Northridge. Richard lives in Southern California with his wife, Gayle. His daughter,
Whitney is a graduate (with honors) from Chapman University in Orange, California, and
is currently a member of the cast of the National Tour of “Mama Mia”.


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