San Antonio Philharmonic Announces Music Director

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of world-renowned conductor, pianist, and educator, Jeffrey Kahane, as Music Director of the San Antonio Philharmonic. Jeffrey Kahane will join us beginning in the 2024-25 season.

As we prepare to embark on the San Antonio Philharmonic’s third season, continuing an 85-year legacy of musical excellence, Jeffrey Kahane’s appointment will further propel the orchestra and organization in our pursuit to expand our audiences, increase community engagement, and provide world-class performances.

“The San Antonio Philharmonic’s dedication to inclusivity across all segments of our community is underscored with the selection of Jeffrey Kahane, who understands the significance of engaging with all members of the community.”
Roberto Treviño, Executive Director

Jeffrey Kahane

In a career spanning five decades, Jeffrey Kahane has excelled in a multitude of roles – from performing as a soloist in concertos with renowned orchestras around the world, to numerous recital tours with Yo-Yo Ma, to leading the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on European tours during his 20-year tenure as Music Director. He has been instrumental in commissioning and premiering dozens of new works, bringing a sense of moral and ethical purpose to all he takes on. Kahane has also had a decades-long history with the San Antonio Symphony, having maintained close ties to the musicians since his conducting debut in the 1992-93 season. Most recently, at our 2023/24 opening concert, Jeffrey Kahane was the San Antonio Philharmonic guest conductor for Classics 1.

An Exciting Season Ahead

The 2024-25 season, curated by Kahane, will feature recent works by Gabriela Ortiz, Jerod Tate, Nkeiru Okoye, Jeff Scott, Peter Shin, Gabriela Lena Frank, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Sofia Gubaidulina, and more. The season’s programs will also continue to showcase masterpieces from the classical canon, including familiar masterworks such as Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony, Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, as well as major works such as Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

We will share more details about the 2024-2025 season in late spring 2024.