Steven Reineke is in his second decade as music director of the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. He also serves as principal pops conductor of the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and principal pops conductor of Houston Symphony and Toronto Symphony. He is a frequent guest conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and his extensive conducting appearances include concerts throughout the country. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in July 2011.
Mr. Reineke has collaborated with many leading artists in hip-hop, R&B, Broadway, television, and rock, including Maxwell, Common, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Cynthia Erivo, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Wayne Brady, Peter Frampton, and Ben Folds. In 2017 NPR’s All Things Considered featured Mr. Reineke leading the National Symphony in live music excerpts between news segments—a first in the show’s 45-year history. In 2018 he led the National Symphony with hip-hop legend Nas in a concert for PBS’s Great Performances.
As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide and can be heard on numerous recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Casey at the Bat are widely performed. His Sun Valley Festival Fanfare was chosen to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s pavilion, and his Festival Te Deum and Swan’s Island Sojourn were debuted by Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands worldwide.