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Pinchas Zukerman
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Nitzan Bartana, Pinchas Zukerman performing with the Israel Philharmonic at the 2008 New York Gala of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic. Photo: Chris Lee
Biography

Pinchas Zukerman is a world-famous conductor, violinist, violist and chamber musician. He is Music Director of Canadas National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra.  He also chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music.

Personal:
Married to cellist Amanda Forsyth, principal cellist of NAC Orchestra.
Married to actress Tuesday Weld from 1985-1998.
First wife was flautist Eugenia Zukerman.
Two daughters from first marriage, Arianna and Natalia

Background:
Born in Tel Aviv in 1948, Pinchas Zukerman studied music with his father, first on the recorder and clarinet, and later on the violin. He soon began lessons with Ilona Feher and came to America in 1962 with the support of Isaac Stern, Pablo Casals and the America-Israel and Helena Rubenstein Foundations. He began his studies at The Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and, in 1967, was named first-prize winner of the 25th Leventritt Competition.

Pinchas Zukerman performs regularly with the worlds finest orchestras and has held numerous artistic positions. From 1980 to 1987, he was Music Director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and became instrumental in bringing that ensemble to international prominence. He also served as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestras Summer MusicFest for three years, Londons South Bank Festival for three years and the Dallas Symphonys International Summer Music Festival for three years. Mr. Zukerman was Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for two years.

A frequent chamber music performer, Pinchas Zukerman has appeared regularly with such luminaries of the music world as Daniel Barenboim, Vladmir Ashkenazy, Itzhak Perlman, the Orion and Tokyo String Quartets, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Ralph Kirshbaum, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Marc Neikrug and the late Jacqueline du Pr. Each summer, he performs at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, where he also participates in educational outreach activities within the community. Mr. Zukerman appears in April 2007 with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio at Carnegie Hall and Princetons McCarter Theatre, in celebration of that ensembles 30th anniversary season. He recently formed the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, an ensemble which has performed for the past four seasons at such prestigious overseas venues as the BBC Proms, Concertgebouw, Tivoli, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier, Harrogate and Tuscan Sun Music Festivals. In North America, the group has garnered critical acclaim for concerts at the Ravinia, Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals and at Parry Sound and Domaine Forget in Canada. This season the group brings its artistry for the first time to New York in a three-concert series with guest artists at the 92nd Street Y, in addition to its Kennedy Center debut and concerts in Philadelphia, Seattle and Calgary. The Zukerman ChamberPlayers debut recording for CBC Records, Mozart-Zukerman, was nominated for a 2004 Juno Award in the Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble category. A second disc featuring string quintets of Brahms and Mozart was released on Altara in spring 2006, with two additional recordings on that same label due out this season.

Pinchas Zukerman's extensive discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him 21 Grammy nominations and two awards: "Best Chamber Music Performance" in 1980 and "Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist With Orchestra" in 1981. Mr. Zukermans first recording as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra was a 1999 CBC Records release of Vivaldis The Four Seasons in which he is featured as conductor and violinist. An earlier recording of three Haydn works on BMG Classics, which he made as guest conductor of the Orchestra in 1993, was re-released in 1998 in honor of his appointment. In 2000, CBC Records released Mr. Zukerman's first-ever recording of Beethoven Symphonies - Nos. 1 and 2 - along with the Romance No. 2 in F Major, followed by discs of Schubert works in 2002 and Mozart in 2003. Prior releases on BMG Classics/RCA Victor Red Seal include the complete violin/piano and viola/piano repertoire of Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart and Schumann with pianist Marc Neikrug. Earlier recordings are also available on the Angel, CBS, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, London and Philips labels.

Pinchas Zukerman has been featured in numerous television specials and national talk shows. He appeared with the Chicago Symphony on the PBS special Mozart by the Masters and has been a performer and presenter at the Grammy Awards ceremony. He has been a frequent performer on Live from Lincoln Center and has collaborated with the English filmmaker Christopher Nupen on several projects including the Here to Make Music series, a Brahms series, a Schubert series and a documentary on Nathan Milstein. He appeared on PBSs Charlie Rose Show and on CBC Television's nationwide broadcast celebrating the opening concerts of the National Arts Centres 30th-anniversary season. Crossing Bridges, a documentary by Niv Fichman, followed his tour to the Middle East with the Orchestra, and was awarded the prestigious Gold World Medal at the 2001 New York Festivals. Mr. Zukerman's violin playing can be heard on the film soundtracks for Prince of Tides and Critical Care.

He also leads the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, a string ensemble of talented musicians mainly from the NAC Orchestra which has already performed more than 50 concerts and recorded four CDs since it was founded in 2003. The ensemble appears regularly at the most prestigious summer festivals throughout North America, including the Ravinia, Aspen, Tanglewood and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals. Overseas appearances have included Londons BBC Proms, Amsterdams Concertgebouw, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier and Barcelona. In August 2007, the ZCP made its first visit to South America for an eight-concert tour, followed by appearances at Switzerlands Montreux Festival, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Romania, and the 10th Jewish Summer Festival in Budapest. Additional highlights of the 2007-2008 season include the ensembles return to New Yorks 92nd Street Y for a three-concert series with guest artists focusing on works by Mendelssohn, and debuts in Miami, Puerto Rico, La Jolla and Las Vegas. Upcoming recording releases are viola quintets of Mozart and Dvork, and Schuberts Trout Quintet and Mozart Piano Quartet with pianist Yefim Bronfman.

In addition to his conducting and performing career, Pinchas Zukerman is strongly committed to teaching. In 1999 he created the National Arts Centre Young Artists Programme, which brings young musicians from across Canada and abroad to participate in master classes, chamber music rehearsals and concerts with Mr. Zukerman and an international faculty. 2001 saw the addition of the NAC Conductors Programme for talented conductors from Canada and abroad. This led to the appointment of Jean-Philippe Tremblay a promising young conductor from Chicoutimi, Quebec and participant in the 2001 Conductors Programme, to the new position of Apprentice Conductor for a two-year period. The Conductors Programme was led for its first five summers by Finnish conductor Jorma Panula together with Pinchas Zukerman. In 2006, conductor-mentor Kenneth Kiesler took over from Panula.
In 2002 the NAC announced a New Music Plan which included the creation of a Young Composers Programme to further the development of talented Canadian composers beginning in the summer of 2003. The Young Artists Programme, Conductors Programme and Young Composers Programme are now combined into the NAC Summer Music Institute. Mr. Zukerman continues to chair the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music.

In 2007, Pinchas Zukerman launched the Institute of Orchestral Studies, a year-round institute charged with developing highly talented musicians for orchestral careers. Its goal is to provide a real-world workplace experience for exceptionally talented students at a post-secondary or graduate level in order to help them for orchestral careers. In the 07-08 season, six young musicians selected by audition are spending six separate weeks rehearsing and performing with the NAC Orchestra.



Affiliations/Honors/Awards

He holds an honorary doctorate from Brown University and an Achievement Award from the International Center in New York. He was presented with the King Solomon Award by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and, in 1983, President Reagan awarded him the Medal of Arts for his leadership in the musical world. In 2002 he became the first recipient of the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence at the National Arts Awards Gala in New York City, and in May 2006 was appointed as the Rolex Mentor and Protg Arts Initiatives first instrumentalist mentor in the music discipline.
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Connections
1.Amanda Forsyth
2.American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic
3.Ariana Zukerman
4.Gustavo Dudamel
5.Nitzan Bartana
Internal Links
1.Image Gallery: Young Concert Artists 50th Anniversary Gala
2.Calendar: Young Concert Artists - 50th Anniversary Gala Benefit
3.Calendar: American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic - New York Gala
4.Image Gallery: AFIPO 2008 New York Gala
5.Image Gallery: National Symphony Orchestra 2008 Opening Ball
6.Calendar: American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic - Celebration of Israel's 60th Anniversary
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