Steven Reineke

Principal Pops Conductor

Steven Reineke

Steven Reineke has established himself as one of North America’s leading conductors of popular music. He is the Music Director of the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston Symphony and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Reineke is also a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include concerts in San Francisco, Kansas City, Seattle, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Ottawa, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Calgary.

On stage, Reineke has created programs and collaborated with a range of leading artists from the worlds of hip-hop, Broadway, television, and rock, including Common, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Wayne Brady, Peter Frampton, and Ben Folds, among others. In 2017, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” featured Reineke leading the National Symphony Orchestra performing live music excerpts between news segments—a first in the show’s 45-year history.

As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands worldwide.

A native of Ohio, Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor’s degrees with honours in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City with his husband, Eric Gabbard.

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