Conductor Ted Sperling is a director, music director, conductor, orchestrator, singer, pianist, violinist, and violist. He is the Artistic Director of MasterVoices, music director of the current Broadway production of My Fair Lady, and the music director of NYU’s first ever Broadway Orchestra course, training the next generation of Broadway musicians. A consultant to the Public Theater he is Creative Director of the 24-Hour Musicals.
Mr. Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk awards for his orchestrations of Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits include the revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Les Misérables, Roza, and Sunday in the Park with George. Mr. Sperling was also an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic, playing bandleader Wallace Hartley. Off-Broadway credits as music director include A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times.
Mr. Sperling’s work as stage director includes the world premieres the musicals Red Eye of Love, The Other Josh Cohen, See What I Wanna See, Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?, and Striking 12, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark. He has conducted the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is Illuminated, and directed the short film, Love Mom.
An active concert conductor, Mr. Sperling has worked with such singers as Audra McDonald, Victoria Clark, Patti LuPone, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Idina Menzel, Paulo Szot, and Deborah Voigt. He has conducted multiple concerts with the New York Philharmonic for Live at Lincoln Center, the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center, and the Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y. Recent performances at Carnegie Hall include the New York premieres of Not the Messiah starring Eric Idle, Kurt Weill's The Road of Promise, and Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera The Grapes of Wrath. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2000.
Mr. Sperling received the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in musical theater.