Ted Sperling, music director, conductor, actor, pianist, violinist, singer, director and arranger has been active in the New York theater and concert world for thirty years. Most recently, Ted Sperling was named Artistic Director of The Collegiate Chorale, and was music director and conductor of the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at the Lincoln Center Theater. In 2005, Sperling won Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Sperling was music director and arranger for Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. His other Broadway credits include My Favorite Year, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, Falsettos, Les Misérables, Drood, Roza and Sunday in the Park with George. Mr. Sperling was an original cast member of Titanic, playing bandleader Wallace Hartley.
In the opera world, Mr. Sperling has conducted The Mikado, Song of Norway and Ricky Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall, Kurt Weill’s The Firebrand of Florence at Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), a double-bill for the Houston Grand Opera and Audra McDonald: La Voix Humaine by Poulenc, and the world premiere of Send: Who are You? I Love You by Michael John LaChiusa. Sperling has conducted concerts with many of the major American symphonies, including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Phoenix, Buffalo, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras; soloists have included Audra McDonald, Deborah Voigt, Victoria Clark, Patti LuPone, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Paulo Szot; Mr. Sperling's TV appearances include a “Saturday Night Live” performance with Michael Bublé.
Off-Broadway, Sperling directed the world premieres of The Other Josh Cohen, See What I Wanna See and Striking 12. His Off-Broadway credits as music director include A Man of No Importance, Stephen Sondheim’s Wise Guys, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, A New Brain, and Romance in Hard Times. He has directed many programs for the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, for the Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y, at Joe’s Pub, and at Town Hall. His regional directing credits include the world premiere of Charlotte: Life? or Theater?, and a revival of Lady in the Dark starring Andrea Marcovicci at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia. He has directed two gala evenings for the Public Theater: Cabaret, starring Anne Hathaway, Linda Lavin and Harvey Feierstein, and The Pirates of Penzance, starring Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Martin Short, Eric Idle, Jonathan Groff and Anika Noni Rose.
Sperling conducted the world premiere recordings of Ragtime and Dream True, songs for the animated film Anastasia and the film scores of The Manchurian Candidate, Everything Is Illuminated and the recent Sundance Award-winning 3 Backyards. He made his film directorial debut with the short musical film, Love, Mom, for which he won the Director’s Choice Award at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, and appears in the film One Night Stand.
Mr. Sperling received the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in the musical theater, and is the director of the Music Theater Initiative at the Public Theater, as well as the creative director of the 24-Hour Musicals.