Versatility is the keyword for Richard Pittman, marked by the large, varied repertoire he has led with a range of orchestras, ensembles, and opera companies across the world. His lucid baton and highly efficient rehearsal technique enable Pittman to bring out the very best in orchestras at every level. With interpretive insights into the most diverse areas of the repertoire, Pittman's performances have been noted for their sensitivity to character and style, rhythmic vitality, shaping of melodic lines, clarity of structure and dramatic pacing.
The founder of the prestigious Boston Musica Viva, Richard Pittman has led that group to international prominence as one of the finest new music ensembles in the world. He has a special ability to bring new works to life and possesses an ear for talent which has led to the commissioning of works for the Boston Musica Viva that have entered the international repertoire and garnered major awards for many of those composers.
Pittman has been recognized for his creative programming, receiving ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards with Boston Musica Viva as well as with both of his other orchestras, the New England Philharmonic and the Concord Orchestra. In addition, Pittman has been given the Laurel Leaf Award from the American Composers Alliance for the fostering and nurturing of American music and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Peabody Conservatory.
Richard Pittman has also won kudos as an experienced opera conductor with a theatrical flair and sensitivity to singers' needs. He has a repertoire of 65 operas, from the staples of the standard repertoire to world premieres, first US performances and first European performances.