"My Life as a Musician" Hamlisch is the Pittsburgh pops principal conductor and holder of the symphony's Henry and Elsie Hillman endowed chair. His life in music is notable for its great versatility as well as substance. As a composer, Hamlisch has won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards. His groundbreaking show, "A Chorus Line," received the Pulitzer Prize. Hamlisch is the first person ever to hold the position of principal pops conductor with the National Symphony. He is also the pops conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Hamlisch was musical director and arranger of Barbra Streisand's 1994 concert tour of the United States and England as well as of the television special, "Barbra Streisand: The Concert," for which he received two of his Emmys. He served in the same capacity for her Millennium Concerts. Hamlisch is a graduate of both Juilliard and Queens College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree. He believes in the power of music to bring people together, saying, "Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute to widening communication as much as I can."
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