Pietari Inkinen is Chief Conductor of three orchestras: the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, the Japan Philharmonic and the Prague Symphony.
The music of Wagner has been a distinct focus of Inkinen’s career and in 2020 he will conduct a new production of the Ring Cycle in Bayreuth, directed by Valentin Schwarz, as well as his first Tristan und Isolde, for Opera Queensland. The title role will be taken by Simon O'Neill, a long-time collaborator of Inkinen, with whom he recorded a highly acclaimed Wagner disc for EMI with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2010.
Recent and future highlights as a guest conductor include engagements with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, NDR Hamburg, SWR Stuttgart, BBC Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and Budapest Festival Orchestra. In previous seasons, Inkinen has also conducted the La Scala, Los Angeles and Israel Philharmonics, as well as the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. He made his debut with the NAC Orchestra in 2012, conducting works by Haydn and Beethoven.
Also an accomplished violin soloist, Pietari Inkinen studied at the Cologne Music Academy with Zakhar Bron, winning various awards and prizes for his solo work, before taking further studies in conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
With a celebrated career encompassing five decades, Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today's most sought after and versatile musicians – violin and viola soloist, conductor, and chamber musician. He is renowned as a virtuoso, admired for the expressive lyricism of his playing, singular beauty of tone, and impeccable musicianship, which can be heard throughout his discography of over 100 albums.
Highlights of the 2019–20 season include tours with the Vienna Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as guest appearances with the Boston and Dallas Symphonies, Berlin Staatskapelle and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. As Artist-in-Residence of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, he tours with the ensemble to China and Korea, and recently premiered Avner Dorman’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, written for Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth. This concerto was a joint commission of the Adelaide and Boston Symphony Orchestras with the NAC Orchestra, where Zukerman serves as Conductor Emeritus. In chamber music, he performs with the Zukerman Trio throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and joins Daniel Barenboim in Berlin for a cycle of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano.
A devoted teacher and champion of young musicians, he has served as chair of the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music for over 25 years.Read full NAC bio ›
Canadian JUNO Award-winning Amanda Forsyth is considered one of North America's most dynamic cellists. She is recognized as an eminent recitalist, soloist and chamber musician appearing with leading orchestras in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Forsyth has performed on international tours with the Mariinsky, Royal Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras. From 1999–2015 she was principal cellist of the NAC Orchestra, where she performed regularly as soloist and in chamber ensembles. She started her 2019–20 season with the Calgary Philharmonic performing Electra Rising, a work written by her father Malcolm Forsyth. She also brings Avner Dorman’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, written for her and violinist Pinchas Zukerman, to Ottawa with the NAC Orchestra and to Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic. As cellist of the Zukerman Trio, she has performed at prestigious music festivals such as Edinburgh, Verbier, BBC Proms and Ravinia.
Born in South Africa, Forsyth moved to Canada as a child and began playing cello at age three. Her most recent recording features Brahms’s Double Concerto with Pinchas Zukerman and the NAC Orchestra released by Analekta Records. She performs on a rare 1699 Italian cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore.Read full NAC bio ›
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 14, 1975