With a celebrated career encompassing five decades, Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today’s most sought-after and versatile musicians – a violin and viola soloist, conductor and chamber musician. He is renowned as a virtuoso, admired for the expressive lyricism of his playing, singular beauty of tone and impeccable musicianship, which can be heard throughout his discography of over 100 albums. A devoted teacher and champion of young musicians, he has served as chair of the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music for twenty-five years.
As a mentor, he has inspired generations of young musicians who have achieved prominence in performing, teaching, and leading roles with music festivals around the globe. He singularly pioneered the use of distance-learning technology with the first technological instalment at the Manhattan School and has established an advanced training programme for gifted young artists as part of the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa.
During the 2018–2019 season, he marks his tenth season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and his fourth as Artist-in-Association with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia. He leads the RPO on a tour of the UK and Ireland, conducting works by Mozart, Elgar and Vaughan Williams and performing as a soloist. He performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. He appears as a soloist and conductor with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the symphony orchestras of Toronto and Indianapolis. Pinchas Zukerman makes concerto appearances in North America with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and New World Symphony orchestras, and in Europe with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Salzburg Camerata and Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. He will also conduct the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.
As a founding member of the Zukerman Trio, along with cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng, he appears in Baltimore and at New York’s 92nd Street Y, tours Italy, and gives performances in Germany. Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth join the Jerusalem Quartet in a program of Strauss, Schoenberg, and Tchaikovsky sextets in Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Princeton, Berkeley and Vancouver. He also appears with Amanda Forsyth in performances of the Brahms Double Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and joins violinist Viviane Hagner and the National Arts Centre Orchestra for performances of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante.
As part of the seventieth birthday celebrations honouring Pinchas Zukerman during the 2018–2019 season, the Manhattan School of Music marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program with a special tribute: a ‘25–70’ concert of chamber and orchestral music performed by distinguished colleagues, former and present students. Pinchas Zukerman, who initiated the National Arts Centre Institute for Orchestral Studies in Ottawa, an apprentice scheme for string players, serves as Artistic Director of the Young Artist Program and returns each summer to teach and lead masterclasses. He has taught prominent music educational programmes in London, Israel and China, among others, and was appointed as the first instrumentalist mentor in music of the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.
Pinchas Zukerman has been featured in numerous television specials and national talk shows. He has been a performer and presenter at both the Kennedy Center Honors and the Grammy Awards Ceremony and appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on the PBS special Mozart by the Masters. In 2004, the CBC recorded a ten-segment series entitled The Concerto According to Pinchas which continues to be broadcast and re-broadcast around the world. A frequent performer on Live from Lincoln Center, he has collaborated with the English filmmaker Christopher Nupen on several projects including the Here to Make Music series, a Brahms series, a Schubert series and a documentary on Nathan Milstein. He appeared on CBC’s nationwide broadcast celebrating the opening concerts of the National Arts Centre’s thirtieth-anniversary season. Crossing Bridges, a documentary by Niv Fichman, followed his tour to the Middle East with the NAC Orchestra, and was awarded the prestigious Gold World Medal at the 2001 New York Festival. Pinchas Zukerman’s violin playing can be heard on the film soundtracks for Prince of Tides and Critical Care.
Born in Tel Aviv, Pinchas Zukerman moved to the USA where he studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian as a recipient of the American-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship. An alumnus of the Young Concert Artists Program, he has also received honorary doctorates from Brown University, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and the University of Calgary. He received the National Medal of Arts from President Ronald Reagan and is a recipient of the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence in Classical Music.
Pinchas Zukerman’s extensive discography includes more than 100 titles, for which he gained two Grammy Awards and twenty-one nominations. His complete recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Philips were released in July 2016 in a twenty-two-disc set comprising Baroque, Classical and Romantic concertos, and chamber music. Recent albums include Baroque Treasury on the Analekta label with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, cellist Amanda Forsyth and oboist Charles Hamann in works by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann and Tartini; Brahms’ Symphony No.4 and Double Concerto with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Amanda Forsyth, recorded live at Ottawa’s Southam Hall, and a critically acclaimed album of works by Elgar and Vaughan Williams with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
"Pinchas Zukerman compellingly led the orchestra while giving an unforgettable performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto."Courier Journal (Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall, January 2016)