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David Zinman


David Zinman

Appears on: Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1

David Zinman is one of the world’s most respected conductors. During his long career, he has worked with all of the leading orchestras throughout the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.

He has held music director posts with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (1964–77), Rotterdam Philharmonic (1979–82), Rochester Philharmonic (1974–85), Baltimore Symphony (1985–88), Aspen Music Festival (1985–2009), Zürich Tonhalle (1985–2014), and Orchestre Francais des Jeunes (2015–16).

He is renowned for his enthusiasm for new music, new ways of performing, and making classical music more accessible to a younger audience. In Zürich, he founded the ‘Tonhalle Late’ concert series, in which a shorter-length symphonic concert is followed by a party.

David Zinman’s extensive discography of over 100 recordings has earned him numerous international honours, particularly for his interpretation of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Zürich Tonhalle, including five Grammy Awards, two Grands Prix du Disque, two Edison Prizes, the German Record Critics’ Prize, and a Gramophone Award.

Dedicated to furthering the careers of young musicians, in 2000 he created the International Conducting Academy at Aspen, and in 2010 inaugurated the first Annual International Conducting Masterclass at Zürich Tonhalle. He continues to run conducting masterclasses around the world, most recently at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the Royal Academy of Music in London.