Pinchas Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for four decades. His musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, he has inspired younger artists with his magnetism and passion. His devotion to teaching has resulted in innovative programmes in London, New York, China, Israel, and Ottawa. The name Pinchas Zukerman is equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue, and chamber musician.
The year 2008 marked Pinchas Zukerman's 60th birthday which was celebrated with more than 100 concerts in 17 countries. The 2009-10 season also includes over 100 performances on five continents bringing him to Australia, New Zealand, China, Russia, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Germany and throughout North and South America. He spends 10 weeks teaching as Director of the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Programme at the Manhattan School of Music and Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute in Ottawa, including the Young Artist Programme, Conductors' Programme and Composers' Programme. Currently in his 11th season as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, he has programmed an exciting season augmented by his first performances of the Magic Flute with Opera Lyra. 2009-2010 also marks Pinchas Zukerman’s first season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Highlights of the season include tours with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Europe, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in the United States, the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon and the Beijing Music Festival. Orchestral appearances in the United States include the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis, Utah and Madison Symphonies.
The Zukerman ChamberPlayers, now in their sixth season, continue to thrive with performance tours in Australia, New Zealand and South America and engagements at the Ravinia Festival, Concertgebouw, Kennedy Center and the 92nd Street Y. The group recently released Schubert's Trout Quintet and Mozart's Piano Quartet in E flat with pianist Yefim Bronfman on Sony/BMG and has recorded quintets of Mozart, Brahms and Dvorak for Altara. 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 with Orchestra" in 1981.
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 and in May 2006 was appointed as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative’s first instrumentalist mentor in the music discipline.