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NAC Orchestra Open Rehearsal: David Zinman Conductors Workshop

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David Zinman © Priska Ketterer

Two rehearsals are open to the public on January 26: at 11:00 am and at 3:00 pm.

Renowned International conductor and pedagogue David Zinman will lead a workshop for young conductors at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Four participants have been selected to study with Maestro and with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in repertoire by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Dvořàk.


So Awatsuji (Japan)

Georgios Balatsinos (Greece)

Francesco Lecce-Chong (Associate Conductor, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)

Vinay Parameswarvan (Assistant Conductor, Nashville Symphony Orchestra)


New York-born David Zinman’s career has been distinguished by a wide-ranging repertoire, a commitment to contemporary music and the introduction of historically informed performance practice. He has held positions as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony orchestras; Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival, School and American Academy of Conducting. He has just completed his 19-year tenure as Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, with his final performance at the 2014 BBC Proms.

A regular guest with the world’s leading orchestras, in recent engagements he has worked with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France and the Wiener Symphoniker. He regularly conducts the New York Philharmonic and in summer 2014 appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood and with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. This season he has already conducted the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra. Forthcoming projects include performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

David Zinman's extensive discography of more than 100 recordings has earned him numerous international honours, including five Grammy awards, two Grand Prix du Disque, two Edison Prizes, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and a Gramophone Award. Recent releases include a 50 CD box set David Zinman: Great Symphonies – The Zurich Years, which commemorates his recording legacy with the Tonhalle-Orchester.

In 2000 the French Ministry of Culture awarded David Zinman the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in October 2002 the City of Zürich Art Prize was awarded to him for his outstanding artistic efforts, making him the first conductor and first non-Swiss recipient of this award.  More recently, Zinman received the prestigious Thomas Theodore Award in recognition of outstanding achievement and extraordinary service to one's colleagues in advancing the art and science of conducting. In 2008 he won the Midem Classical Artist of the Year award for his work with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. He was also the 1997 recipient of the prestigious Ditson Award from Columbia University in recognition of his exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers.

Performance is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission

David Zinman © Priska Ketterer
David Zinman © Priska Ketterer


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