Pinchas Zukerman

Chair, Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program (College) Violin & Viola

Pinchas Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for four decades. He is equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue, and chamber musician for his musical genius, prodigious technique, and unwavering artistic standards.

Pinchas Zukerman’s 2011–2012 season included over 100 worldwide performances, bringing him to multiple destinations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Zukerman is currently in his fourteenth season as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. In his third season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, he lead the ensemble in concerts throughout Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom, as well as on an East Coast tour of the United States and Canada. Additional orchestral engagements include the New York and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras and Chicago, San Francisco, Oregon, and San Diego Symphonies. Guest appearances with international orchestras include the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Budapest Festival Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, OSESP Brazil, Miyazaki Festival Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, and Orchestra Giovani Luigi Cherubino. His chamber ensemble, the Zukerman Chamber Players, appears at the Ravinia, Schleswig-Holstein, and Tuscan Sun Music Festivals and later tours to Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, United States, and Canada.

Over the last decade, Pinchas Zukerman has become as well regarded as a conductor as he is as an instrumentalist, leading many of the world’s top ensembles in a wide variety of the orchestral repertoire’s most demanding works. A devoted and innovative pedagogue, Mr. Zukerman has chaired the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program since 1993 at Manhattan School of Music, where he has pioneered the use of distance-learning technology in the arts. In Canada, he has established the NAC Institute for Orchestral Studies and the Summer Music Institute encompassing the Young Artists, Conductors and Composers Programmes.

Born in Tel Aviv, Pinchas Zukerman came to America in 1962, where he studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. He has been awarded a Medal of Arts and the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence, and was appointed as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative’s first instrumentalist mentor in the music discipline.