PINCHAS ZUKERMAN has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for four decades. His prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. His devotion to 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.
Zukerman’s 2010/11 season includes over 100 worldwide performances, bringing him to multiple destinations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Zukerman performs a recital tour with pianist Yefim Bronfman in Carnegie Hall, Chicago, Boston, Princeton, and Kansas City. His chamber ensemble of eight years, the Zukerman Chamber Players, appears on 92nd Street Y’s Distinguished Artists series and in the European cities of Vienna, Paris, Milan, Naples, Istanbul, Budapest, Warsaw, and Eindhoven. In his second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, he led the ensemble on an extensive tour of China, as well as Italy, England, Israel, and Switzerland. Orchestral appearances included the New York and Israel philharmonic orchestras; the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon; the Moscow Virtuosi; the Duisburg Philharmonic; and the Boston, Seattle, Pacific, and Vancouver symphony orchestras.
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. As Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Zukerman is recognized for heightening the ensemble’s caliber and reputation and inaugurating the prestigious National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute. In addition to the National Arts Centre and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, Zukerman maintains long-term conducting relationships with such esteemed ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In North America he has led the New York and Rochester philharmonics, the National Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, and the symphonies of Atlanta, Dallas, Toronto, Milwaukee, Saint Louis, Madison, Oregon, Utah, and Colorado, among others. Internationally he has conducted the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Radio France and Nagoya Philharmonics, and the Barcelona, São Paulo, and Singapore symphony orchestras. 2009 saw his operatic conducting debut, The Magic Flute with Opera Lyra.
A devoted and innovative pedagogue, Zukerman chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music. To maintain close relationships with his students while fulfilling the travel demands of his concert engagements, Zukerman has pioneered the use of distance-learning technology in the arts. Pinchas Zukerman’s extensive discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him 21 Grammy nominations and two awards.
Born in Tel Aviv, Pinchas Zukerman came to America in 1962, where he studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. He has been awarded a Medal of Arts and 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.