Musical Director

Ariel Zuckermann


Ariel Zuckermann has been the Musical Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra since the 2015/16 season and is one of the most watched-after conductors of the younger generation. He studied conducting with the legendary Jorma Panula at the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm and later with Bruno Weil at Munich's Musikhochschule, where he graduated in May 2004. In January 2007 he has held the position of Music Director for the renamed Georgian Chamber Orchestra.


The 2017/18 season takes off with an exciting tour with the Australian Youth Orchestra with six performances throughout Australia and a CD recording. Other reinvitations lead him to the Tonkünstler Orchestra with appearances at Vienna Musikverein, DalaSinfoniettan and the Telavi Festival in Tbilisi. Ariel Zuckermann will make conducting debuts with MDR Sinfonieorchester and Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock.


Ariel started off his conducting career in 2003/04 as Assistant Conductor to Iván Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra, resulting in a number of cricitally acclaimed performances. He then made well-received debuts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at Berlin's Philharmonie in 2007, and with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi on tour in Spain in 2009.


Other recent engagements have included concerts and recordings with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Riga Sinfonietta, Bayerische Staatsorchester, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, KBS Radio Orchestra Seoul, Bremen Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien , Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, as well as Zurich, Basel and Stuttgart Chamber orchestras and Camerata Salzburg. He made his opera debut at Munich's Gärtnerplatztheater leading a new production of Donizetti's Viva la Mamma .


Winner of numerous international competitions, Ariel Zuckermann began his musical career as a flautist. He studied flute in Munich with Paul Meisen and András Adorján.


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