Ariel Zuckermann • Principal Conductor
Ariel Zuckermann has been music director of the Israel Chambers Orchestra since the 2015/2016 season and is now one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation. Zuckermann completed his conducting studies at the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm with Jorma Panula and with Bruno Weil at the Music Academy in Munich. From 2007 to 2011 he was elected chief conductor of the traditional Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt, to which he will return as artistic director in 2021.
Even at the beginning of his conducting career, Ariel Zuckermann presented himself as a promising conductor who set the tone, which is why he was appointed assistant to Iván Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra for the 2003/2004 season, where he delighted audiences and critics.
Upcoming highlights include performances with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Nordic Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Dalasinfoniettan, Norrlands Operan Orchestra and the New Japan Philarmonic. In addition, he will return to the Telavi Festival in Georgia. Other recent engagements have included debuts with the MDR Sinfonieorchester, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock and the Dalasinfoniettan as well as a tour with the Australian Youth Orchestra.
He received re-invitations from the Tonkünstler Orchestra with performances in the Wiener Musikverein, as well as from the Israel Philharmonich Orchestra, the Riga Sinfonietta, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the KBS Symphony Orchestra, the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (China tour), the Czech Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony, the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra , the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich, Basel and Stuttgart chamber orchestras and the Camerata Salzburg (various European tours).
As the winner of numerous international competitions, Ariel Zuckermann began his musical career as a flautist. He studied flute in Munich with Paul Meisen and Andres Adorján.