On The Podium: Thomas Wilkins of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

Headshot of Hollywood Bowl's principal conductor Thomas Wilkins photo by Bill Sitzmann

Principal Hollywood Bowl conductor wields the baton for four more nights during Bowl season.

Charismatic musician and speaker Thomas Wilkins has been Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra since 2014, after serving six years as its Principal Guest Conductor. “I’m a firm believer in no-labels music,” Wilkins says, “and the Bowl is just like a giant version of how I live my life.” Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Wilkins is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. He just completed a long and successful tenure as Music Director of the Omaha Symphony and has guest conducted major orchestra throughout the United States, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic. An esteemed and much-awarded educator, Wilkins is Artistic Advisor, Education and Community Engagement for the Boston Symphony and Chair of Orchestral Conducting at Indiana University.

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Photo by Bill Sitzmann


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