Gershon Kingsley is an internationally acclaimed composer, arranger, conductor, and musician. Born in Germany and educated in the United States, he has been at the forefront of the classical and contemporary music scenes for most of his life.
Mr. Kingsley is one of the first artists to bring synthesized music to classical halls. He founded the First Moog Quartet. In 1971, he was commissioned by the Boston Pops to write a concerto for four synthesizers and symphony orchestra.
As a conductor, he has worked with the Miami, Chicago, and Detroit Symphonies, as well as the Munich and Cologne Radio Orchestras. His Broadway conducting has earned him nominations for the Tony award for Best Broadway Musical Direction. Mr. Kingsley has had the pleasure to accept an invitation from the American President to conduct his work at the White House featuring Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade, whom he later introduced to Josephine Baker when he conducted her return to Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Kingsley received an Emmy award for his work in New Voice in the Wilderness for public television. Other credits include the acclaimed television production of The World of Kurt Weill with Lotte Lenya, and The Fifth Cup with Theodore Bikel. Mr. Kingsley has scored numerous feature films, including the cult-classic horror film Silent Night, Bloody Night. In 1983, he composed and scored the music for the docudrama JFK. Television has employed his talents not only in the U.S. and Germany but throughout the world. Mr. Kingsley also composed the smash hit Popcorn, covered and remixed thousands of times, and his commercial work and theme music can still be heard on dozens of advertisements and game shows.
Recently, his album God is a Moog - a compilation of his Jewish electronic music - was released by Stereo Reboot, and his opera Raoul (the story of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who saved tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust), with libretto by Michael Kunze, was premiered in Bremen, Germany. Mr. Kingsley continues to compose and record in his home studio.