Tommy Banks

piano & conductor

This is Tommy Banks’ 18th appearance as guest conductor of the ESO. He has also appeared as guest conductor with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian State Radio & Television, the Calgary Philharmonic, Chattanooga Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Lethbridge Symphony, Memphis Symphony, National Arts Centre, Regina Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, Symphony Nova-Scotia, Toledo Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and Winnipeg Symphony orchestras.

He is the producer of five internationally-syndicated television specials featuring the ESO; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Symphony with an all-star cast headed by Tim Conway; Tom Jones In Concert; Engelbert Humperdinck In Concert; Lighthouse with the ESO; and Procol Harum with the ESO. Tommy conducted the world premiere by the ESO of Rod McKuen’s Ballad of Distances on the Warner Brothers LP Back to Carnegie Hall, and served as conductor or music supervisor for 48 ITV In-Concert TV specials syndicated in 78 countries of the world, and featuring stars from Tony Bennett to Dionne Warwick, accompanied either by our orchestra or by his big band augmented by the strings and woodwinds of the ESO.

Mr. Banks last appeared with the ESO in November 2014.