Keith Alan Lockhart (born November 7, 1959) is an American conductor. He is currently music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra. Lockhart was the Music Director of the Utah Symphony from 1998 - 2009, and has held honorary titles in many other orchestras.

Early life

Born on November 7, 1959, in Poughkeepsie, New York, Lockhart is the elder of two children born to Newton Frederick and Marilyn Jean (Woodyard) Lockhart, who worked as computer professionals. He grew up in nearby Wappingers Falls and was educated in the public schools of New York's Dutchess County. He began studying piano at age seven.[1] Lockhart graduated in 1981 from Furman University with a double major, German and piano performance. He then went on to get a master's degree in orchestral conducting from Carnegie Mellon University.[2] Lockhart was initiated into Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity in 1978 by the Gamma Eta chapter at Furman University.

Music career

Lockhart's conducting career began as the associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras, as well as music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. In 1995, Lockhart became conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, succeeding John Williams. Lockhart and the Boston Pops have released five self-produced recordings-2013's A Boston Pops Christmas-Live from Symphony Hall, as well as Sleigh Ride, America, Oscar & Tony, and The Red Sox Album-and also recorded eight albums with RCA Victor: The Boston Pops Play Glenn Miller, American Visions, the Grammy-nominated The Celtic Album, Holiday Pops, A Splash of Pops, Encore!, the Latin Grammy-nominated The Latin Album, and My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration. Keith Lockhart has made 74 television shows with the Boston Pops, including a 2009 concert featuring jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, and special guests Sting, John Mayer, and Steven Tyler, and the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, broadcast nationally for many years on the A&E and CBS television networks. He has also led many Holiday Pops telecasts, as well as 38 new programs for PBS's Evening at Pops (1970-2004). He has led the Boston Pops on 39 national tours, as well as performances at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, and brought the music of "America's Orchestra" overseas in four tours of Japan and Korea. Lockhart has led the Boston Pops in the national anthem for numerous major sports events.

From 1998 to 2009, Lockhart was also the music director of the Utah Symphony. In 2010, Lockhart became the principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra. He concluded his tenure as principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra at the end of December 2017, and took the title of chief guest conductor of the orchestra, effective January 2018.[3] Lockhart is also the Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival, a program which he attended as an adolescent.[4]

Personal life

Lockhart has been married three times. His first marriage was to his college sweetheart, Ann Louise Heatherington, after he graduated from Furman University. The couple divorced two years later.[5]

Lockhart married Boston Pops violinist Lucia Lin in 1996. The marriage produced one son, Aaron, born in 2003. The couple divorced in 2005. [6] In 2007, Lockhart married his current wife, Emiley Zalesky. The two met while Zalesky was on a date at a restaurant in Boston. Zalesky is an attorney in Massachusetts.[7] The couple have a son, Edward Kellan Lockhart, who was born in 2010.[8]

Awards and nominations

Lockhart received the Bob Hope Patriot award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in 2006.[9]


  1. ^ Amerman, Don. "Keith Lockhart Biography". Musician Guide. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Biography of Keith Lockhart". grandorchestras.com. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Martin Cullingford (2017-11-21). "BBC Concert Orchestra names new Principal Conductor". Gramophone. Retrieved 2017-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Keith Lockhart". Columbia Artists Management. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Most, Doug (May 18, 2013). "Keith Lockhart, still going strong with the Boston Pops". Boston Globe. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Edgers, Geoff. "Behind the Smile". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Emiley Zalesky, Keith Lockhart". The New York Times. October 7, 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lockhart Welcomes Baby". Boston.com. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Stone, Nikki (2010). When Turtles Fly: Secrets of Successful People Who Know How To Stick Their Necks Out. Morgan James Publishing. ISBN 9781600378010. 
Cultural offices
Preceded by
John Williams
Music Director, Boston Pops Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Barry Wordsworth
Principal Conductor, BBC Concert Orchestra
Succeeded by
Bramwell Tovey