Pinchas Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades. His musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, he has inspired younger artists with his magnetism and passion. His enthusiasm for 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 2014-2015 season includes over 100 worldwide performances, bringing him to multiple destinations in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. He completes his 16th and final season as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, with whom he tours the United Kingdom in October 2014. In his sixth season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, he leads the ensemble in concerts at home in the United Kingdom as well as on its January 2015 tour of Florida. Additional orchestral engagements include the Colorado, San Diego, Kansas City and Tucson Symphonies. Overseas he visits the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Salzburg Camerata, Berlin Staatskapelle, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Philharmoniker Hamburg, and returns to Australia for appearances with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth. Recital appearances in Berlin, Istanbul, Seattle, San Diego and Ottawa, and tours with the Zukerman ChamberPlayers to Italy, Spain, Australia, China, Japan and Korea round out the season.
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. A devoted and innovative pedagogue, Mr. Zukerman chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has pioneered the use of distance-learning technology in the arts. In Canada, he has established the NAC Institute for Orchestra Studies and the Summer Music Institute encompassing the Young Artists, Conductors and Composers Programs.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1948, Pinchas Zukerman came to America in 1962 where he studied at The Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. He has been awarded the Medal of Arts, the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence and was appointed as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative’s first instrumentalist mentor in the music discipline. Pinchas Zukerman’s extensive discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him two Grammy awards and 21 nominations.
“Youth sticks with some people… Zukerman seems the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless. As usual, it was a joy to be in his musical company.”
- The Los Angeles Times