Award-winning composer, producer and conductor, Mitch Glickman’s diverse career covers the fields of film, television, opera, theater and recordings. Glickman founded the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra in 2001, and formerly served as Associate Music Director of the American Jazz Philharmonic, created by composer/conductor Jack Elliott.
As a concert composer, Glickman’s concert works have been commissioned and premiered by a wide range of leading American ensembles including the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, American Jazz Philharmonic, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Oberlin Orchestra, Turtle Island String Quartet, and the Wind Syndicate. His choral, chamber and symphonic works have been performed in concert halls across the country including Royce Hall, Ford Amphitheater, Walt Disney Theater at CalArts, Cerritos Center for the Arts, and Broward County Performing Arts Center.
Glickman’s composing and arranging credits include the acclaimed, independent films “Street of Pain” starring Steve Carell and “Proudheart” starring Lorrie Morgan, along with such television series as “Cheers,” “Life Goes On,” “Night Court,” “Grammy Living Legends” and the annual “Grammy Awards” telecast. He has also worked as music production supervisor for the Emmy Award winning dramas, “Picket Fences” and “The Practice.” He has composed and arranged music for a broad range of commercials including Lexus, Prodigy, Coca-Cola, Fox Sports, and Life Cereal. As a vocal arranger, he has written such diverse singers as Barry Manilow, Luciana Souza, Leon Redbone, Raul Midon and Phil Perry.
Glickman has conducted numerous concerts across the country featuring legendary artists Ray Brown, Bud Shank, Christian McBride, Turtle Island String Quartet, Luciana Souza, Phil Woods, and The Yellowjackets, and has led such diverse ensembles as the American Jazz Philharmonic, United Kingdom Symphony Orchestra and the South Florida Youth Orchestra. He also served as Assistant Musical Director of the New York Lyric Opera’s production of Monteverdi’s opera “Coronation of Poppea.”
Glickman has produced a number of Grammy nominated recordings including The Bud Shank Sextet Salutes Harold Arlen, Young Musicians Debut Orchestra with conductor Lalo Shifrin, Guido Basso, and the American Jazz Philharmonic for GRP Records. He has produced over 1,000 concerts across the country in his 25+-year career. They range from an orchestral concert at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, to national concert tours featuring such artists as Ray Charles, Stan Getz, David Benoit and Dionne Warwick, to jazz and Latin series throughout Southern California.
As an educator, he leads assemblies, master classes and workshops across the country, and is a teaching artist for the Los Angeles Music Center’s Educational Division. Glickman also serves as Director of Music Programs for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied at the Schoenberg Institute in Vienna. In 2011, Glickman’s composition “Blues & Fuguette” was one of the three winners of the American Composers Forum – LA annual Chamber Music competition.
Glickman also serves as Director of Music Programs for LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.