San Francisco Conservatory of Music Names Michael Tilson Thomas Distinguished Professor of Music

By Francisco Salazar

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music has named conductor and composer Michael Tilson Thomas as the institution’s Distinguished Professor of Music.

In his new position, Tilson Thomas will work individually with students, participate in readings with the SFCM orchestra, and conduct masterclasses.

Tilson Thomas said, “I’m so looking forward to expanding my work with the next generation of musicians and to building connections with the faculty and staff at the SFCM and Pentatone to realize our many common musical ideals.”

SFCM President David H. Stull added, “Michael is a singular visionary who stands alone in his transformative impact on music. He is unmatched in craft, imagination, and sheer genius as a creator and performer, but his work and leadership on behalf of education may well transcend his legacy of exceptional achievement as an artist. We are honored and inspired to have him with us.”

Additionally, PENTATONE will celebrate MTT’s artistic achievements with the release of a box set collection of 18 MTT compositions in the fall of 2024. The project comprises 18 works, all in Dolby Atmos spatial audio, from a wide variety of sources, including premiere recordings produced exclusively for this collection, remastered archival performances from the San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony, and previously released recordings from artists and other labels.