Spotlight on the Performing Arts: Ted Sperling

Nature or nurture? In Ted’s case, it was clearly both. While Ted’s parents were both physicians, there was never a time when there wasn’t music in his
New Rochelle home, both through family performances and as a constant back- drop to all their family activities. Ted remembers begging his parents to begin to take piano lessons, and happily for all of us, they agreed.

For the past thirty years, Ted has maintained an active and remarkably success- ful career in the theater and concert worlds, accruing many awards for his work in the theater and on the concert stage. Among them, a 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Award for orchestration of Light in the Piazza (for which he was also music director), and the Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in the musical theater.

A multi-faceted artist, Ted’s talents span many creative disciplines. He is a director, music director, conductor, orchestrator, singer, pianist, violinist and violist. He is Artistic Director of MasterVoices and the Music Director of the current Broadway production of My Fair Lady. Other Broadway credits as music director/conductor/pianist read like a compendium of Broadway classics, and include revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Angels in American, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and many more.

Ted’s work as a stage director includes the world premieres of five musicals and he has conducted the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is Illuminated and directed the short film Love Mom, which has been shown in five international film festivals.

Mr. Sperling has an active concert career, working with many major symphony orchestras and singers Audra McDonald, Victoria Clark, Patti LuPone, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Idina Menzel and other Broadway stars. He has conducted multiple concerts with the New York Philharmonic for Live at Lincoln Center, the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center and the Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y.

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