Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman

Music Director

Pinchas Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for four decades. His prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. His devotion to teaching has resulted in innovative programs in London, New York, China, Israel and Ottawa. The name Pinchas Zukerman is equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue, and chamber musician.

Pinchas Zukerman’s 2010—2011 season includes over 100 worldwide performances, bringing him to multiple destinations in North America, Europe and Asia. Zukerman performs a recital tour with pianist Yefim Bronfman in Carnegie Hall, Chicago, Boston, Princeton and Kansas City. His chamber ensemble of eight years, the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, appears on 92nd Street Y’s Distinguished Artists series, and in the European cities of Vienna, Paris, Milan, Naples, Istanbul, Budapest, Warsaw and Eindhoven. In his second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, he leads the ensemble on an extensive tour of China, as well as in Italy, England, Israel and Switzerland. Orchestral appearances include the New York and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras, Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, Moscow Virtuosi, Duisburg Philharmonic and the Boston, Seattle, Pacific and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras.

Over the last decade, Pinchas Zukerman has become as equally regarded a conductor as he is an instrumentalist, leading many of the world’s top ensembles in a wide variety of the orchestral repertoire’s most demanding works. Currently in his 12th season as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Mr. Zukerman is recognized for heightening the ensemble’s caliber and reputation and inaugurating the prestigious National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute. In addition to the National Arts Centre and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Maestro Zukerman maintains long-term conducting relationships with such esteemed ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. In North America he has led the New York and Rochester Philharmonics, the National Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, and the symphonies of Atlanta, Dallas, Toronto, Milwaukee, Saint Louis, Madison, Oregon, Utah and Colorado, among others. Internationally he has conducted the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Radio France and Nagoya Philharmonics, and the Barcelona, São Paulo and Singapore Symphony Orchestras. 2009 saw his operatic conducting debut of The Magic Flute with Opera Lyra.

A devoted and innovative pedagogue, Mr. Zukerman chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music. To maintain close relationships with his students while fulfilling the travel demands of his concert engagements, Mr. Zukerman has pioneered the use of distance-learning technology in the arts. Pinchas Zukerman's extensive discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him 21 Grammy nominations and two awards.

Born in Tel Aviv, Pinchas Zukerman came to America in 1962, where he studied at The Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. He has been awarded a Medal of Arts, the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence, was appointed as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative’s first instrumentalist mentor in the music discipline.