Pinchas Zukerman has been a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades, equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue, and chamber musician. Mr. Zukerman’s 2012–13 season includes more than 100 performances across North America, Europe, and Asia. He is in his 14th season as music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa. In his fourth season as principal guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, he leads the ensemble in concerts in Switzerland, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
Additional orchestral engagements include the Boston, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Colorado, and Kansas City symphony orchestras, as well as international appearances with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky State Theatre Orchestra, Orchestre de Monte Carlo, Czech Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Miyazaki Festival Orchestra, and Teatro San Carlo Orchestra in Naples. He joins pianist Angela Cheng in recitals in Salzburg, Prague, Philadelphia, Palm Beach, Milan, Taiwan, Madrid, Helsinki, and Verbier. His chamber ensemble, the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, appears at the Ravinia and Toronto summer music festivals and in China, Japan, Europe, and South America.
Mr. Zukerman chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has pioneered distance-learning technology in the arts. In Canada he has established the National Arts Centre Institute for Orchestra Studies and the Summer Music Institute, encompassing the Young Artists, Conductors and Composers Programs.
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 and the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence, and was appointed the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative’s first instrumentalist mentor in the music discipline. Mr. Zukerman’s extensive discography contains more than 100 titles and has earned him 21 Grammy nominations and 2 awards.