David Zinman
Conductor

“David Zinman and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra have established themselves in the last few years as exceptional, if provocative Mahler interpreters.” (The Guardian)

Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Ed Milner +44 (0)20 3725 9178
Marie Strube +44 (0)20 3725 9120

Biography

Conductor Laureate: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Distinguished Visiting Artist: Eastman School of Music

 

A regular guest with the world’s leading orchestras, this season includes appearances with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (in a semi-staged production of Barber’s Vanessa), Orchestre national de Lyon, SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester, Bamberger Symphoniker, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Royal Flemish, Netherlands Radio and Czech philharmonic orchestras. He also returns to the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for concerts and his now world-renowned masterclasses.

Conductor Laureate: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Distinguished Visiting Artist: Eastman School of Music

 

A regular guest with the world’s leading orchestras, this season includes appearances with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (in a semi-staged production of Barber’s Vanessa), Orchestre national de Lyon, SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester, Bamberger Symphoniker, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Royal Flemish, Netherlands Radio and Czech philharmonic orchestras. He also returns to the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for concerts and his now world-renowned masterclasses.

David Zinman has held positions as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony orchestras; Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival, School and American Academy of Conducting. He is Conductor Laureate of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, having completed his 19-year tenure as Music Director in summer 2014, and for the past two seasons has been the Music Director of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes.

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Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Ed Milner +44 (0)20 3725 9178
Marie Strube +44 (0)20 3725 9120

Reviews

“David Zinman evokes a bittersweet sound with the highly motivated DSO: vital, intense, sparkling and expressive all at the same time, a fascinating sound showing all facets of symphonic richness.” (Der Tagesspiegel, October 2016)

“He’s a master of control…the orchestra followed him with alacrity and vigor.” (The Seattle Times, April 2016)

“David Zinman's final concert as chief conductor of the Zürich Tonhalle was a superb example of his intelligent musicianship” (The Guardian, July 2014)

“David Zinman evokes a bittersweet sound with the highly motivated DSO: vital, intense, sparkling and expressive all at the same time, a fascinating sound showing all facets of symphonic richness.” (Der Tagesspiegel, October 2016)

“He’s a master of control…the orchestra followed him with alacrity and vigor.” (The Seattle Times, April 2016)

“David Zinman's final concert as chief conductor of the Zürich Tonhalle was a superb example of his intelligent musicianship” (The Guardian, July 2014)

“The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and their conductor David Zinman are a class act, with their crisp phrasing, warmth of tone and remarkable precision.” (Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman, August 2013)

“David Zinman skilfully kept the momentum going as he steered the fabulous Tonhalle Orchestra through this 85-minute work.” (Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman, August 2013)

“Zinman set the orchestra on fire… His compelling sense of narrative led the audience to forget the length of the work.  Listening to this stylish and accomplished conducting, one can understand why Pierre Monteux considered this magician [David Zinman] to be his all-time favourite student.” (Michel Le Naour, concertclassic.com, April 2013)

“In short, Zinman has produced one of the best modern accounts I’ve heard. His ear for clean orchestral textures produces a first movement that has just the right sort of lucidity as well as a thrilling pace...Zinman and his orchestra phrase so intelligently – really breathing with the music – and orchestral balance is impeccable as well as clear..."(International Record Review, November 2012)

"[Zinman’s] idiosyncratic synthesis of historical analysis and modern techniques has worked its magic. No one else conducts Beethoven quite like this and, as the audience rises to its feet cheering at the conclusion of the Symphony No 7, I reflect that I have rarely heard the NYPO play better... This is exciting, freshly minted playing, without any hint of technique for its own sake. Once again, the perpetually youthful David Zinman has demonstrated how energy begets energy." (Gramophone, March 2012)

"Mr. Zinman has made a specialty of getting to the high-energy heart of Beethoven." (The New York Times, January 2012)

"At 75, David Zinman is one of the greatest living conductors – something which we probably only really appreciate when he is gone. This man, of a universal background and a vivacious curiosity, cast a new light onto the repertoire he tackled, not by bringing his ego on stage, but by relentlessly questioning the text, with humility and without showing off. A master, hailed as such by the musicians of the ONF who were touched and full of admiration." (Le Figaro, October 2011)

“Zinman’s Mahler cycle – proceeding in chronological order – is emerging as something rather special...  The recording has marvellous clarity, and the Tonhalle sounds as if discovering the music anew, making it sound both fresh and innovative.” (The Times, August 2009)

“It was beautifully paced by Zinman….the way that he switched from Classical reserve for Brahms to full-on Romanticism for Mahler was masterly.” (The Times, August 2009)