Pinchas Zukerman has been recognized as a phenomenon for nearly four decades. His musical genius, prodigious technique and exceptional artistic standards have long been a marvel to critics and audiences alike. His devotion to younger generations of musicians who are inspired by his magnetism has been applauded worldwide. Equally respected as a violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician, Pinchas Zukerman is a master of our time.
Currently in his seventh season as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Mr. Zukerman leads the ensemble on a tour of Alberta and Saskatchewan in November, featuring over 80 educational events. Also during the 2005-2006 season, Mr. Zukerman conducts the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Dallas and San Antonio Symphonies and appears as soloist with the Boston, National, North Carolina, Pacific and New West Symphonies. He tours with the Orchestre National de Belgique in addition to overseas appearances with the Israel, Seoul and Nagoya Philharmonics, Berlin Staatskapelle, Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, WDR Köln and Singapore Symphony. He gives recitals throughout Europe with pianist Marc Neikrug this fall, and embarks on a highly anticipated North American tour with friend and colleague Itzhak Perlman in spring 2006.
Joined by colleagues from the National Arts Centre Orchestra touring as the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, he appeared during the summer of 2005 at such prestigious venues as the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Aspen, Santa Fe, Schleswig-Holstein, Harrogate, Reims, Pau Casals (Barcelona) and Istanbul International Music Festivals. Spring 2006 tour dates for the ensemble include Princeton, Baltimore, El Paso, Portland, OR, Saratoga, CA, Sun City, AZ, and Orono, ME.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1948, Pinchas Zukerman began studying at age eight with Ilona Feher. With the guidance of Isaac Stern and Pablo Casals, and the support of the America-Israel and Helena Rubenstein Foundations, he came to America in 1962 to study with Ivan Galamian on scholarship at The Juilliard School. In 1967 he won First Prize in the 25th Leventritt Competition, setting the stage for his solo career. He has held numerous artistic positions, including Music Director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for seven years and Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for two years. In October 2002, he became the first recipient of the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence at the National Arts Awards Gala in New York City.
Pinchas Zukerman's extensive discography contains over 100 titles and has earned 21 Grammy nominations and two awards: "Best Chamber Music Performance" in 1980 and "Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist Without Orchestra" in 1981. 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 is due for release on Altara in fall 2005.