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April 22, 2021
Pinchas Zukerman Takes New Position in Dallas

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Names Pinchas Zukerman as Artistic & Principal Education Partner 
for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 Seasons

The Dallas Symphony has named lauded musician and long-time DSO collaborator Pinchas Zukerman as Artistic & Principal Education Partner for the next two seasons beginning in September 2021. In this role, Zukerman will play-direct chamber orchestra concerts with the DSO, appear as violin soloist with the orchestra and collaborate with DSO musicians in chamber music performances during the two-year term. He will also lead, as an important component of this appointment, intensive chamber-music coaching and instrument tutoring sessions in partnership with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. 

Pinchas Zukerman has a long association with the Dallas Symphony beginning with his first performance with the orchestra in 1977. He was DSO Principal Guest Conductor from 1993-1995 and led the DSO Summer Music Festival from 1991-1995. Zukerman recently appeared as conductor with the orchestra in December 2020 and as violin soloist in July and September 2015. 

“I am thrilled to continue the DSO’s relationship with Pinchas with this new role,” said Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony. “Each of these activities will focus on an element of his incredible career and share his wisdom and talent with a new generation of performers.”

“It is always a joy to return to Dallas to perform and reconnect with so many musicians who I have known for many years,” said Zukerman. “I am honored to be the first person named to this new position, and I look forward not only to collaborating once again with the Symphony over the next two seasons, but also having the opportunity to work with music students at the Meadows School and building this new relationship between two outstanding Dallas organizations.”

The collaboration with SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will involve both in-person instruction as well as distance learning/online masterclasses. This unique combination will allow this partnership to reach a maximum number of talented students at SMU. The partnership will include individual string instruction and chamber music coaching. 

“SMU Meadows is especially pleased and honored to deepen and extend our relationship with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,” said Samuel S. Holland, Algur H. Meadows Dean, Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. “The opportunity to bring a musician of Zukerman’s stature into direct contact with musicians of the next generation is unparalleled. It will be, I’m sure, a transformational experience for our students. The innovative partnership, including the distance learning component, will put Dallas, the DSO, and SMU Meadows in front of a global audience—and that’s sure to be a good thing for us all."

At the DSO, Zukerman will perform as violinist-director, violin soloist and chamber musician partner throughout the tenure. In February 2022, he will play-direct a week of concerts with the orchestra, and in January 2023, Fabio Luisi will lead the DSO with Zukerman as violin soloist. Each season he will curate and perform in two chamber music concerts with DSO musicians. 

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