Leon Botstein, born 1946 in Zürich, is the President of Bard College and Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities in Annandale on Hudson, New York. He is the music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (JSO). He is also the founder and co-Artistic Director of the Bard Music Festival. Additionally, Botstein serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Central European University. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles including Freud und Wittgenstein. Sprache und menschliche Natur (2011), Quasi una Fantasia: Juden und die Musikstadt (2001) and Judentum und Modernität (1991). His latest book Von Beethoven zu Berg. Das Gedächtnis der Moderne (Zsolnay Verlag) will be published in 2013.
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