In 2009 Pinchas Zukerman was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and will be embarking on his first tour around the UK with them in May. This exciting and varied series of concerts will feature him as both conductor and solo violinist.
Equally respected as a violinist, violist, conductor and chamber musician, Pinchas Zukerman has been enthralling audiences and critics alike for over four decades. His celebrated career has seen him conduct some of the world’s leading orchestras in venues across the globe. The 2009-10 season alone includes over 100 performances spanning five continents, seeing Zukerman travel to Australia, New Zealand, China, Russia, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Germany and North and South America.
In addition to his prodigious conducting and performing work, Pinchas Zukerman is passionate about music education. As chair of the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, he is a devoted teacher and often employs distance-learning techniques in the form of the school’s videoconferencing system to tutor his students whilst he meets the travel demands of his concert engagements.
'Youth sticks with some people…Zukerman seems the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless. As usual, it was a joy to be in his musical company.'
- The Los Angeles Times
The upcoming UK tour offers the opportunity to experience this captivating artist as both conductor and soloist. Throughout the tour Pinchas Zukerman will be astounding audiences as he takes the rarely seen approach of directing performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto from the violin. The work was never to gain acceptance in his lifetime, but has since become a favourite piece within the violin repertoire and is often hailed as the greatest of the German violin concerti.
In his other, equally accomplished, role as conductor, Pinchas Zukerman will lead the Orchestra through further works by Beethoven, notably the vibrant Symphony No.7 and Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular, emotionally charged Symphony No.4.
I am greatly looking forward to my second tour with the RPO this season. I had a wonderful time with the orchestra when we visited Italy this past December, so I’m very proud to perform with this ensemble throughout Great Britain. It has been such a pleasure to work with the RPO during my first year as Principal Guest Conductor, and I cannot wait to continue sharing this ensemble’s great passion and musicality with audiences around the world.
- Pinchas Zukerman
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra already has established residencies at numerous concert halls across the country, but is always looking to extend its reach to further venues outside of London. The combined force of a musical legend and performances at venues rarely visited by London orchestras is sure to produce a thrilling series of concerts.
Thursday 6th May, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Friday 7th May, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Saturday 8th May, St. Nicolas’ Church, Newbury
Sunday 9th May, Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Saturday 22nd May, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury
Pinchas Zukerman is available for comment. For more information contact Chris Evans, Head of Press and Marketing, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: 020 7608 firstname.lastname@example.org