Classical pianist Jeffrey Kahane, music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will become a part-timer at USC’s Thornton School of Music and later, a full professor, once he steps down as chamber director in 2017, the school announced today.
“Jeffrey is an important addition to the USC Thornton faculty as we continue to assemble what we believe to be the strongest music faculty in the world,” said Robert Cuitetta, dean of the Thornton School.
Kahane, 58, is a Los Angeles native known for his mastery of works by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as works by more modern composers such as Gershwin and American minimalist composer John Coolidge Adams. He has been LACO’s music director since 1997.
Kahane said education had always been a part of his musical life and was “thrilled to have an opportunity to expand and deepen that commitment at this great institution.”