Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Israeli conductor

March 5, 2010 by J-Wire Staff
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Israeli conductor Pinchus Steinberg will conduct the Sydney Symphony orchestra next week in a program featuring works by Franck, Ravel and Berlioz.

Pinchas Steinberg’s most recent appearance with the SSO was in the 1993 [Philips] Master Series when he conducted Daphnis et Chloé suites, Strauss Horn Concerto No.2 with Rob Johnson, and Beethoven Symphony No.1. He will be appearing in Sydney only.

For details of his performances, please check “What On? Where? When?”

J-Wire publishes Pinchas Steinberg’s full bio…

Pinchas Steinberg

Critically acclaimed for his profound and deeply musical interpretations of the most demanding repertoire, both opera and symphonic, Pinchas Steinberg is one of the leading conductors performing today. He has distinguished himself for many years as a regular guest of the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe, and more recently, in the United States. In December, 2001, Mr. Steinberg made a triumphant concert debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, and was immediately reengaged in 2003. Now he returns to Cleveland on a regular basis, and he is also a beloved guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony.

Born in Israel, Pinchas Steinberg studied violin under Joseph Gingold and Jascha Heifetz. In 1974 he made his conducting debut with the RIAS Symphony Orchestra in Berlin. This was the first of a long series of prestigious orchestra engagements, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the London Philharmonia, Israel Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestra National de France, Santa Cecilia Orchestra Roma, Czech Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Orchestra de Paris among many others. He also conducts regularly the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and has conducted at other festivals such as Salzburg, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Verona, Orange, and Flanders.

From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Steinberg held the position of Permanent Guest Conductor at the Vienna State Opera. His performances of opera have taken him to leading opera houses around the world, including London’s ROH Covent Garden, Paris, Munich, San Francisco, Berlin, Rome, Vienna and Geneva. Between 1989-1996, he was Chief Conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna and between 2002-2005 Music Director of the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande in Geneva.

His highly acclaimed recordings include Wagner’s “Der fliegende Hollander”, Catalani’s “La Wally” for BMG, and Richard Strauss’ “Die schweigsame Frau”. His RCA recording of Massenet’s “Cherubin” was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d’Or, the German Critics Prize and the Caecilia Prize Bruxelles. Mr. Steinberg’s latest recording is of Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” for RCA, recorded live with the Munich Radio Orchestra.

Current and future opera engagements include new productions of Puccini’s “Turandot” and Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. As frequent guest of the Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse, Mr. Steinberg opened the 2008-2009 season with a new production of Enescu’s Oedipe, and conducted Giordano’s Andrea Chenier in February 2009. He returns to Toulouse in May to conduct a new production of Strauss’ Salome, and will conduct a new production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt at Opera Bastille in Paris, where he returns to open the opera season in 2011-2012 with Strauss’ Salome.

Recent concert engagements include performances in Italy, Czech Republic and Spain. Mr. Steinberg returns to the Cleveland Orchestra in February and April 2009. In the 2009-2010 season he will return to the Dallas Symphony and will conduct the Cincinnati Symphony.

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