Pinchas Zukerman is known for his delicacy in playing and his phrasing which may change depending on his mood and the orchestra with which he performs. A superstar violinist, he has established himself in classical music as one of the foremost musicians of his time.
Zukerman grew up in Tel-Aviv, Israel and was encouraged to employ his musical talent by his father who was also a violinist. He enrolled at the Tel-Aviv Academy of Music and in 1961, and it would be Isaac Stern and Pablo Casals who would hear him and ultimately set him up to attend Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Stern served as his legal guardian in New York. He has frequently admitted to being a stubborn student but was quite successful with the help of his mentors. He even expanded his ability to the viola which allowed him to explore a deeper relationship with many chamber groups.
Notable debuts in Zukerman’s career included Lincoln Center in 1969 and Brighton Festival in England in the same year. He performs frequently with chamber ensembles as well. His conducting debut was with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall in London, where before he had self-conducted his performances as solo violinist.
From 1978 until 1980, he served as artistic director of London’s South Bank Summer Music Series and then until 1987 was music director of St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He is also famous for his guest conducting experiences with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and in 1993 was invited to teach at Manhattan School of Music.
He supports education initiatives for young musicians and has led many notable programmes across the world.
He’s recorded the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, piano trios and Brahms sonatas as well as all standard classical violin concertos which were released on Deutsche Grammophon and Philips in July 2016. He has been nominated for 21 Grammys and has won two."Youth sticks with some people... Zukerman seems 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
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