Born July 16, 1948 in Tel Aviv.
A violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician, Pinchas Zukerman has always held the critics and his audiences spellbound.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1948, he started studying music with his father, then took lessons with Ilona Feher, and eventually went to America, where he studied at the Julliard School with Ivan Galamian. Five years later he obtained the first-prize of the 25th Leventritt Competition.
He is the Music Director of the Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, and of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. During his career he conducted, among other, the Pittsburgh, Seattle and Madison Symphonies and the Rochester Philharmonic. He appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Indianapolis and Phoenix Symphonies, with the orchestras of Sofia, Bucharest and Valencia and at the 70th anniversary of the Israel Philharmonic.
His activities as pedagogue include the chair of the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, and the creation of the NAC, Young Artists Programme, as part of the summer's Great Composers Festival, which represents a valuable opportunity for young conductors.
As chamber music performer, Pinchas Zukerman performed regularly with Daniel Barenboim, Vladmir Ashkenazy, Itzhak Perlman, the Orion and Tokyo String Quartets, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Ralph Kirshbaum, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Marc Neikrug and Jacqueline du Pré. He also formed the ensemble Zukerman ChamberPlayers, which performed at the BBC Proms, Concertgebouw, Tivoli, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier, Harrogate and Tuscan Sun Music Festivals,and more recently in New York, at the Kennedy Center,in Philadelphia, Seattle and Calgary.
Pinchas Zukerman's discography contains over 100 titles, and boasts 21 Grammy nominations and two awards (“Best Chamber Music Performance”in 1980 and "Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist With Orchestra" in 1981).
Pinchas Zukerman appeared in numerous television specials and national talk shows, and collaborated with the Christopher Nupen on several film projects including the Here to Make Music series, a Brahms series, a Schubert series and a documentary on Nathan Milstein.
He received an honorary doctorate from Brown University and an Achievement Award from the International Center in New York. In 1983, President Reagan awarded him the Medal of Arts for his leadership in the musical world. In 2002, he became the first recipient of the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence at the National Arts Awards Gala in New York City.