The Aesthete

Creative Conduct

Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and Creative Director/Principal Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, opens up about life, loss and his unparalleled process

by Poppy de Villeneuve and Alex Braverman

“Nobody who has any brains would volunteer to go out on stage,” says Leon Botstein, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra and president of Bard College. In the first installment of our "Creative Process" series with director and photographer Poppy de Villeneuve, Botstein shares truths about how he believes beauty is in the details, what he’s most proud of and why it’s his obligation to live life to the fullest.