The 2014-15 Season marks David Lockington’s 16th season as Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony and his final year in the position. Under his direction, the Symphony has achieved new heights of artistic excellence and greater acclaim, including numerous four-star concert ratings by The Grand Rapids Press. In 2005, Mr. Lockington led the orchestra before a full house in New York’s Carnegie Hall. The New York Times commended the orchestra for being a model in the Classical music world. The Grand Rapids Symphony also earned a 2007 Grammy Award nomination and has five recordings led by Mr. Lockington. The recordings have received high praise, including the orchestra’s CD of Adolphus Hailstork’s Second and Third Symphonies, released internationally on the Naxos label in 2007. Additionally, 2008 saw the successful start of the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. At this initiative, the Symphony has also reached out to new and diverse audiences through its annual community concert “Symphony with Soul,” now in its 13th season.
Mr. Lockington conducts the Symphony on seven of ten concert series, as well as festivals and outreach concerts. His guest conducting engagements includes appearances with the Saint Louis, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Colorado, Oregon, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Pacific, Nashville, San Diego, Kansas City and Columbus symphonies; the Louisville Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa; the Buffalo, Rochester, Calgary and Louisiana philharmonics; and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has conducted the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra in Beijing and Taiwan, led the English Chamber Orchestra on a tour in Asia, and appeared with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain and the Northern Sinfonia in Great Britain.
Since May 2007, Mr. Lockington has served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra in California. In March 2013, he was named music director of the Pasadena Symphony. Prior to leading the Grand Rapids Symphony, Mr. Lockington held the music directorships of the Long Island Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony and Ohio Chamber Orchestra. For three years, he held the post of assistant conductor with the Denver Symphony Orchestra and Opera Colorado. Mr. Lockington was also associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lockington began his career as principal cellist with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cambridge, he came to the U.S. on a scholarship to Yale University, where he received his master’s degree in cello performance and studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller. He was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and served as assistant principal cellist for three years with the Denver Symphony Orchestra before turning to conducting.
Mr. Lockington arrived in this country in 1978 and is a U.S. citizen. He is married to violinist Dylana Jenson. They live in Grand Rapids and have four children.