2015 –


Named Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of Malmö Opera, effective from the beginning of the 2018/19 season

Malmö Opera  – Season opening 2018/19 Bernstein: Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety, Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

Ruhrtriennale 2018 – Henze: Das Floß der Medusa

Tongyeong International Music Festival 2018 – festival opening with Bochum Symphony Orchestra

Frankfurt Opera – Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur

Bochum Symphony Orchestra at Concertgebouw, Bruges and De Doelen, Rotterdam – Britten: War Requiem

Named Music Director of Operafront, Amsterdam

Bochum Symphony Orchestra at Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam with Ilya Gringolts

Chicago Symphony Orchestra – All-Bernstein program

Spoleto Festival USA – 40 th Anniversary Concert – Tchaikovsky, Haydn, John Kennedy program

Deutsche Oper Berlin – Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges

Grand Théâtre de Genève – Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Copenhagen Opera Festival – Mozart: Così fan tutte

New Israeli Opera – Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles



2010 – 2015


Bochum Symphony Orchestra: Major projects include an examination of music and politics in
Die Wunde Wagner (The Wagner Wound); a Hans Werner Henze project and Concerts at Het
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra – Schumann, Rolf Wallin, Grieg, Sibelius, Geirr Tveitt, Hugo
Alfvén and Irgens Jensen, performed at home and on tour in Denmark and Germany, as well
as Heiner Goebbels: Surrogate Cities

Ruhr Triennale – Day of Song,!SING; Hans Werner Henze project, including World Premiere of his last opera, Gisela!; Heiner Goebbels: Surrogate Cities

Salzburg Festival – Basel Sinfonietta program includes Gérard Grisey’s L’icône paradoxale

Hr Symphony Orchestra – Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in Frankfurt

MDR Symphony Orchestra – Bernstein, Corigliano, Adams program in Leipzig

Bruckner Orchestra Linz

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

Konzerthausorchester Berlin – Weill and Berlioz with Angelika Kirchschlager in Berlin and Mecklenburg
Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música – Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony

Spoleto Festival – Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Salzburg Festival – Morton Feldman: Neither (World Premiere)

Dutch National Opera/Holland Festival – Robin de Raaff: Waiting for Miss Monroe (World Premiere)

Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen – Puccini: Madame Butterfly

Copenhagen Opera House – Puccini: Madame Butterfly

Deutsche Oper Berlin – Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges

Frankfurt Opera and Los Angeles Opera – Bartók: Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

New York City Opera – Mark-Anthony Turnage: Anna Nicole

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna – Osvaldo Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind and Mahler: Symphony No. 9


2005 – 2010


Bochum Symphony Orchestra – Concert at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Major projects include Mahler/Ives Cycle; Bach/Wagner, Benefit Concert with Herbert Grönemeyer for an audience of 28,000. Recorded Hans Werner Henze’s Requiem. The second CD in the Orchestra’s Joseph Marx series wins a Grammy nomination

American Composers Orchestra – Conlon Nancarrow, José Serebrier, Michael Torke program, among many others

Appointed Principal Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Norway (2007-2013); Programs include a concert version of Wagner’s: Tristan und Isolde

Named Artistic Director of the Performing Arts (European Capital of Culture Ruhr 2010) for which he curated several projects throughout the region. Among them is the Hans Werner Henze Project in 2010, in which the composer’s entire oeuvre, including opera, ballet, orchestral music and chamber music, is performed.

Ruhr Triennale – Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten with Bochumer Symphoniker performed in Germany and at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City

Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

Orchestre National de Lyon

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

China Philharmonic Orchestra

Orquestra Sinfónica do Estado de São Paulo

German Youth Orchestra – Mahler, Mark Anthony Turnage, John Adams program at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonie Köln and Philharmonie Essen

American Composers Orchestra – Jazz at Lincoln Center: All-Gershwin and Gershwin/Marsalis programs

Netherlands Philharmonic

London Philharmonic Orchestra – Noam Sheriff: Akeda (The Sacrifice of Isaac) and works by Handel, John McCabe, Bernstein

Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv – Schnittke/Shostakovich and Mendelssohn/Bartók/Bloch programs

Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Georges Lentz: Monh and Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8

Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Wynton Marsalis – All rise

Sinfonieorchester Basel

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – Bernstein, Boulanger, Gershwin program

Los Angeles Opera – Elliot Goldenthal: Grendel (World Premiere)

Lincoln Center Festival – Elliot Goldenthal, Grendel

San Francisco Opera – Stewart Wallace: The Bonesetter’s Daughter (World Premiere)

Houston Grand Opera – Mozart: Die Zauberflöte


2000 – 2005


Bochum Symphony Orchestra – Major projects include Hector Loves Harriet, Mahler Meets Ives and Lenny. Began project to record all the orchestral works by Joseph Marx; Composer-in Residence project invited Heiner Goebbels, Sofia Gubaidulina, John Corigliano. Grammy Award nomination for Joseph Marx Complete Orchestral Works (NaturTrilogy)

Spoleto Festival USA – Gluck: Ephigénie en Tauride; Heiner Goebbels: Surrogate Cities (US premiere)

Opera North – Puccini: Tosca; Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen

Appointed Music Director of the American Composers Orchestra (2002-2006), succeeding its founder Dennis Russell Davies. Many Carnegie Hall premieres including first concert performance of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra following its premiere at the opening of the Metropolitan Opera House in 1966.

Edinburgh Festival – Schumann: Genoveva

Houston Grand Opera – Janáček: The Makropulos Case

Lausanne Opera – Verdi: La traviata

Santa Fe Festival – Janáček: Katya Kabanová

Deutsche Oper Berlin – Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen

Welsh National Opera – Janáček: Katya Kabanová


1995 – 2000


Bochum Symphony Orchestra: Major projects include Jean Cocteau and his Paris, Trans-Atlantic, Assimilation, Heiner Goebbels: Surrogate Cities

Appointed Music Director Opera and Orchestra at Spoleto Festival USA (1996-2000); Berg’s Wozzeck, Janáček’s Jenůfa and Puccini’s Il trittico, among others

Appointed MusicDirector of Opera North (1999 – 2003) – Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin; Shostakovich: Cheryomushki; Schumann: Genoveva; Verdi: Falstaff and Wagner:Tristan und Isolde, among others. During his tenure, Opera North receives three nominations for National Theatre Awards

Seattle Opera – Bizet: Carmen

Israeli Opera – Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia; Janáček: Jenůfa

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro

Hong Kong Festival – R. Strauss: Salome


1990 – 1995


New York City Opera – Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (Broadcast live on the PBS TV network, nationwide – Live from Lincoln Center)

Israeli Opera – Janáček: Jenůfa and Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Appointed Music Director of Long Beach Opera (California) (1992-1995); Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo

Appointed General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra: (1994 to present)




Conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall in a concert celebrating Israel Independence Day

Invited to become Gary Bertini‘s assistant at Frankfurt Opera

Appointed First Kapellmeister at Frankfurt Opera (1988-1992)


1980 – 1985


Graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BA in Music (conducting, musicology, viola)

Moved to Israel, where he founded several youth orchestras and choirs, including those at the Israel Conservatory of Music and at the Thelma Yellin High School for the Performing Arts. Today, many of his former students are working as répetiteurs, artist managers, conductors and singers all over the world. Served as Music Director of the Tel Aviv Philharmonic Choir. Conducted all the leading Israeli orchestras. Met conductor Gary Bertini, who became his mentor.

Conducting classes and courses at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (NY) with Eugene Ormandy, at the Vienna Mozarteum with Gary Bertini, in Sienna with Franco Ferrara, at Westminster Choir College (NY) with Robert Shaw, at the International Bach Academy Stuttgart with Helmuth Rilling.




Studied to become a cantor in Los Angeles. Wanted to become a professional singer




Founded L’esprit Chamber Orchestra

Sang in multiple choirs, studied the viola, played chamber music, rock music in bands, acted in musicals, played a lot of basketball.




Born in Los Angeles