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2020-2021 Biography

Pinchas Zukerman
Violin, Viola, and Conductor

With a celebrated career encompassing five decades, Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today's most sought after and versatile musicians - 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 for which he gained two Grammy® awards and 21 nominations. In his most recent post, he has served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for 12 years.

Highlights of the 2020-2021 season include performances with the Dallas, Utah, Palm Beach, and Stamford Symphonies, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. With the Zukerman Trio, he performs at the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, CA, Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond, OK, and internationally in Barcelona, Madrid and Girona, Spain.  Additional performances include virtual recitals with the Zukerman Trio for People’s Symphony Concerts and with Shai Wosner for Chamber Music Society of Detroit.

The 2019-2020 season included a US tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, as well as guest appearances with the Boston, Atlanta and Prague Symphonies and Berlin Staatskapelle. In his fifth season as Artist-in-Residence of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, he toured with the ensemble to China and Korea, and recently premiered Avner Dorman’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, written for Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth. Subsequent performances of the important new work took place at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony, and in Ottawa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, where Zukerman serves as Conductor Emeritus.  In chamber music, he traveled with the Zukerman Trio for performances throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, and joined longtime friend and collaborator Daniel Barenboim for a cycle of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano, presented in a three-concert series in Berlin.

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 over 25 years and has taught at prominent institutions throughout the United Kingdom, Israel, China and Canada, among others. 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. Mr. Zukerman has received honorary doctorates from Brown University, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and the University of Calgary, as well as the National Medal of Arts from President Ronald Reagan. He is a recipient of the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence in Classical Music.


“Zukerman again seemed 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 precision and clarity of his sound and his strong romantic sensibility contribute to this excellence, but even more important is the intelligence of his interpretations. The listener is constantly engaged as he brings a little extra something to each phrase.”
Ottawa Citizen

“You could have blindfolded an experienced listener, put him in a different room where he could scarcely hear the sounds, and he'd still recognize that liquid, Zukerman tone. There is no other like it....His sound is utterly inimitable - as it has been for more than 30 years - from its intense sweetness on high to its throaty richness at the depths of the instrument....And the molten gold that streams from the instrument is completely breathtaking. Fabulous playing.”
The Herald (Glasgow)



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