Praised for his polished, expressive, and nuanced performances, conductor Glenn Langdon has an unusually varied background and repertoire, ranging from directing performances of the Rite of Spring and Carmina Burana, to the jazz of Cleo Laine and the Cajun fiddle tunes of Amanda Shaw. In addition to conducting Broadway touring shows, ballet orchestras, and pops concerts, he has conducted The Cleveland Orchestra, the BBC Scottish National Orchestra, and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Outside the United States, Langdon has conducted the Singapore Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo in Italy, and the Stavanger Symphony in Norway.
A veteran of touring Broadway shows, Langdon was Music Director of the touring production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's the Phantom of the Opera. On tour, Glenn traveled to more than 60 cities in North America throughout 14 years, conducting approximately 5,000 performances.
Earlier in his career, Langdon was Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Houston Ballet where, in addition to conducting the classical ballet repertory, he distinguished himself in the works of Stravinsky, Orff, and Prokofiev. Collaborating with jazz legend Cleo Laine and her husband John Dankworth, Langdon led the premier of a dance theater piece, Lady In Waiting, in Houston, Texas and conducted the world premier of the ballet Gautama Buddha by British composer Naresh Sohal at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
Langdon reached a personal milestone in 2011, when he gave a piano recital at KlavierHaus in New York City, four years to the date after having suffered a significant nerve injury in his right hand. Through much physical therapy and hard work, he has found a renewed inspiration and connection to music, gained during his journey to recovery. He is working on an original music and spoken word presentation of his inspiring story, testifying to the transformational power of music and the human spirit.
Langdon graduated from Florida State University and attended the University of Houston, studying piano with James Streem, Carlisle Floyd, and Abbey Simon. His conducting studies included work at the Tanglewood Music Center, L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and the Centre Acanthes in Avignon, France, where Glenn was mentored by Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier, Franco Ferrara, and Pierre Boulez.