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Grammy Award winner Richard Kaufman treasures film music concerts: they bring people pleasure, get them closer to cinema and classical music

Just unforgettable – Jack Nicholson’s character in The Witches of Eastwick vigorously plays the piano – a close-up on the hands that bring to life music from other dimensions. Susan Sarandon’s character passionately moves the bow on the strings of the cello, smoke going up while she digs further down into her own self. Well, the hands that hit the piano keys with inspiration from another world are Richard Kaufman’s. Conducting the world’s greatest orchestras, playing the violin, composing, teaching, coaching film stars – that is Richard Kaufman’s life in music. His work was praised by the music community – he received the 1993 Grammy Award in the category of Best Pop Instrumental Performance for a recording with the Nuremberg Symphony. He spent many years supervising music at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios…

Richard Kaufman conducts the Chicago SymphonyRichard Kaufman conducts the Chicago Symphony

On the 3rd of December Richard Kaufman will conduct The Classic FM Orchestra in a beautiful presentation of music from the silver screen – classics from Golden Era gems, music from the above-mentioned The Witches of Eastwick, and for the first time in Bulgaria – the theme from the latest Star Wars movie: The Force Awakens. The Musical Oscars concert is part of The Music of America programme presented by Cantus Firmus and the America for Bulgaria foundation.

With Yo-Yo MaWith Yo-Yo Ma

Richard Kaufman adores conducting film music scores in the concert hall – revealed in its full beauty, these brilliant themes bring pleasure to the orchestra and the audience alike, spark interest in the films themselves and create an audience for classical music concerts. For more on that we talk to Richard Kaufman. You can listen to the interview using the Audio button.

Richard Kaufman conducts the Mancini Institute OrchestraRichard Kaufman conducts the Mancini Institute Orchestra

Photos: Kaufmanconductor.com