Nimrod David Pfeffer

Currently Assistant Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Israeli-born conductor Nimrod David Pfeffer is also Music Director of the Lyric Opera Company of Guatemala.

Mr. Pfeffer holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Juilliard School where he was a student of Alan Gilbert. He also earned a master’s degree and professional studies diplomas in piano performance and orchestral conducting from Mannes School of Music, and he was a grant recipient from the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts. Mr. Pfeffer was third prize winner of the 2017 Maestro Solti International Conducting Competition in Hungary. Following this breakthrough, he was invited to conduct the Hungarian National Philharmonic, Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Miskolc, Szeged Symphony Orchestra Hungary, MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest, and Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.

Next season, Mr. Pfeffer makes his conducting debuts with Juilliard Opera and the Israel Philharmonic. In 2018-19, he returned to Israel to conduct Simon Boccanegra with Israeli Opera, and to collaborate as conductor and pianist with the Ra'anana Symphonette Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, and Israel Camerata Jerusalem. He also recently collaborated with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the State Capella of Saint Petersburg, and Juilliard Orchestra. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut at this performance.

Mr. Pfeffer also enjoys a career as a pianist, performing regularly as soloist with orchestra, recitalist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist. His highlights as a pianist  include a live solo recital broadcast from the Russian Kremlin in 2007; performances of the music of Chopin on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in American Ballet Theatre's production of The Lady of the Camellias in 2010; his debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 2008; and his solo debut with the Israel Philharmonic in 2008, playing the world premiere of Aharon Harlap's Second Piano Concerto.

Mr. Pfeffer is dedicated to promoting dialogue between Arabs and Jews in Israel. In 2009, he presented a concert in honor of peace at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall with pianist Bishara Haroni, benefiting the Jezreel Valley Music Center, a music school where Arabs and Jews study music together. He received the Davis Projects for Peace Award for this initiative.

(July 2019)