David Zinman’s career has been distinguished by his programming of a broad repertoire, his strong commitment to the performance of contemporary music, and his introduction of historically informed performance practice. He is in his 18th season as music director of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra. He has conducted all of the leading North American orchestras, including the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, as well as the New York Philharmonic. In Europe he performs with the Berlin Philharmonic, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He also has relationships with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Vienna Symphony, London Philharmonic, and Philharmonia orchestras, as well as Orchestre de Paris, and Orchestre National de France. His most recent opera performance was a production of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann at Geneva Opera in March 2010, which was revived in December 2011.
Mr. Zinman’s extensive discography of more than 100 recordings has earned him numerous international honors, including five Grammy awards, two Grand Prix du Disque, two Edison Prizes, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and a Gramophone Award. He was also the 1997 recipient of the Ditson Award from Columbia University in recognition of his commitment to the performance of works by American composers. David Zinman and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra recently completed highly acclaimed Schubert, Brahms, and Mahler cycles (with the Mahler Symphony No. 8 disc receiving a 2011 ECHO Award). They have also recorded the Schumann symphonies and Strauss orchestral works, as well as a Beethoven cycle, which sold over one million copies.
David Zinman studied conducting with Pierre Monteux, and made his first major conducting debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1967. Previous positions include music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and principal conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He was also music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the American Academy of Conducting.
In 2000 the French Ministry of Culture awarded Mr. Zinman the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in October 2002 he received the City of Zurich Art Prize for his outstanding artistic efforts, making him the first conductor and the first non-Swiss recipient of this award. He last appeared with the New York Philharmonic in March 2012 to preside over The Modern Beethoven: A Philharmonic Festival.