Pinchas Zukerman is acclaimed as a violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue, and chamber musician. He is currently in his fourteenth season as Music Director of Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, and in his fourth season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Mr. Zukerman previously served for seven years as music director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and for two years as principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Born in Tel Aviv in 1948, he began studying with Ilona Feher at age eight. With the guidance of Isaac Stern and Pablo Casals, and with the support of the America-Israel and Helena Rubenstein foundations, he came to the United States in 1962 to study with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School. In 1967 he won first prize in the Leventritt Competition, setting the stage for his solo career. Mr. Zukerman made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1969, performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and has returned to Davies Symphony Hall more than twenty times. He appeared here most recently last January.
Mr. Zukerman's 2012-13 season includes more than 100 performances in North America, Europe, and Asia. He leads the Royal Philharmonic in concerts throughout Switzerland, Russia, and the United Kingdom. He will conduct the Boston, Cincinnati, Colorado, and Kansas City symphonies, and appear with the Orchestre de Monte Carlo, Czech Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi, Israel Philharmonic, Mariinsky State Theatre, and Bavarian Radio orchestras. He and pianist Angela Cheng will perform recitals throughout Europe and in the US. His chamber ensemble, the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, appears at the Ravinia and Toronto music festivals and tours in the US, Europe, South America, China, and Japan.
As music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Mr. Zukerman inaugurated the NAC Institute for Orchestra Studies and the Summer Music Institute, and expanded the ensemble's repertory to include large-scale works. Performances have included the Brahms, Mozart, Verdi, and Fauré requiems, and Opera Lyra's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Mr. Zukerman also chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, and his Zukerman Musical Instrument Fund works to acquire donated and new instruments for orchestral musicians.
Pinchas Zukerman’s extensive discography has earned twenty-one Grammy® nominations, as well as Grammy awards for Best Chamber Music Performance and Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra. The Zukerman ChamberPlayers’ debut recording, Mozart-Zukerman (CBC Records), was nominated for a 2004 Juno Award. In October 2002, Mr. Zukerman became the first recipient of the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence at the National Arts Awards Gala in New York City. In 2006, he was appointed the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative's first instrumentalist mentor in music. Mr. Zukerman is married to cellist Amanda Forsyth.