David Zinman to lead Conductors Workshop at the National Arts Centre - January 24-26, 2015

OTTAWA (Canada) — Renowned International conductor and pedagogue David Zinman will lead a three-day workshop for young conductors at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Four participants will be selected to study with Maestro Zinman in working sessions with a small ensemble and with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in repertoire by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak. The workshop is a prelude to an expanded conductors program with Maestro Zinman to begin during the Summer Music Institute in 2016.

Applications are sought from young conductors at the level of Assistant or Resident Conductor, and emerging conductors who have experience with regional and/or national orchestras. Full support is provided by the National Arts Centre. Auditors may also apply to attend the workshop at their own expense. The deadline for all applications is November 10.

For Conductor Program inquiries or questions, please contact:
Douglas Payson Sturdevant, Manager, Conductors Program
Email: CP-pdo@nac-cna.ca
Telephone: 613-947-7000 ext. 325

Media interviews about the Workshop are encouraged, and an interview schedule will be put together as soon as the NAC Orchestra and Pinchas Zukerman return from the United Kingdom Tour (November 1). Please see contact person, Andrea Hossack, below.

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.