Pinchas Zukerman has remained a classical music phenomenon, with a celebrated career encompassing five decades. His prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. He was Music Director of the NAC Orchestra from 1999–2015, and currently serves as its Conductor Emeritus. While Music Director, he established the NAC Institute for Orchestra Studies and the Summer Music Institute, and he remains Artistic Director of its Young Artist Program.
2018–2019 marks his tenth season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and his fourth as Artist-in-Association with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Zukerman leads tours with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and joins the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra as soloist on tour in Europe.
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 a mentor in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.
A devoted pedagogue, Mr. Zukerman chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music. His enthusiasm for teaching has resulted in innovative programs in London, New York, China, Israel and Canada.Read full NAC bio ›
Born in Munich, violinist Viviane Hagner has won exceptional praise for her highly intelligent musicality and passionate artistry. As a musician of tremendous depth and integrity, Ms. Hagner has championed new works by prominent contemporary composers such as Unsuk Chin and Simon Holt while breathing new life into a diverse and vast range of repertoire. Her engagements continue to highlight her demand as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator.
Since making her international debut at the age of 12, Viviane Hagner has become known for her substantial and beautiful sound as well as her thoughtful interpretations. She has appeared with the world's great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus. She made her debut at the NAC in 2002, and her most recent appearance with the NAC Orchestra was in 2012 as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
The Analekta label has released her recording of Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto with Kent Nagano and the Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal and her first solo recording, on the Altara label, features unaccompanied violin works by Bartók, Hartmann and Bach.
Ms. Hagner was a 2000 winner of the Young Concert Artists International auditions.