Principal Conductor

Ariel Zuckermann • Principal Conductor

Ariel Zuckermann was the music director of the Israel Chambers Orchestra from season 2015/2016 and is now one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation. Zuckermann studied conducting at the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm with Jorma Panula and at the Music Academy in Munich with Bruno Weil. He was elected chief conductor of the traditional Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt in 2007 and remained principal conductor until 2011. In 2021, he returned to the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt as artistic director.

From the very beginning of his conducting career Ariel Zuckermann was 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).

Ariel Zuckermann began his musical career as a flautist and studied the flute with Paul Meisen and Andres Adorján in Munich. He has won numerous international competitions and often performs as a soloist as well as a conductor with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt.