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Pinchas Zukerman is music royalty – a world phenomenon in music for over 40 years. It’s been said that in the hands of this master, the violin weeps, warbles and soars – and the ASO players are looking forward to sharing the stage with this remarkable musician.

Mr Zukerman is equally renowned as a violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician and recently voted in the Top 20 Greatest Recorded Violinists of all time in BBC Music Magazine. The ASO is proud to call Pinchas Zukerman our Artist-in-Association.


Pinchas Zukerman


ASO Managing Director, Vincent Ciccarello says, “It’s a tribute to the musicians of the ASO that we have such an esteemed international performer as part of our Artistic Leadership Team.

“Adelaide audiences will have the chance to immerse themselves in the sheer genius of a musician who has mastered all facets of the music-making – performance, conducting and teaching. It’s a truly special opportunity.”

Renowned many times over as one of the greatest musicians of our era, Mr Zukerman returns to Adelaide for a stunning four concert series with the ASO at the Adelaide Town Hall between 23 and Sunday 27 November, and a masterclass on Monday 28 November.

Pinchas Zukerman first made his mark as a child prodigy handpicked and nurtured by violin great Isaac Stern and has continuously developed his artistic vision and his prodigious technique. After 40 years, he just gets better and better.


"There's no denying Zukerman's legitimate claim as a triple threat. His violin playing is bright and sinuous, his viola playing is rich and soulful, and he conducts with an abundance of spirit."
The San Francisco Chronicle


His 2016-2017 season – his eighth as Principal Guest Conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his second as Artist-in-Association with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – includes over 100 concerts worldwide. In January 2017, he serves as Artistic Director of the New Jersey Symphony’s Winter Festival. Guest conducting and soloist engagements include the Cleveland Orchestra and Boston, Pittsburgh and Montreal Symphonies, plus overseas appearances with the Berlin and Israel Philharmonics, Camerata Salzburg, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Miyazaki Festival Orchestra. 

“Zukerman again seemed the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless.”
Los Angeles

His musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, he has inspired younger artists with his magnetism and passion. His enthusiasm for teaching has resulted in innovative programs in London, New York, China, Israel and Ottawa.

"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

Over the past decade, Pinchas Zukerman has become as equally regarded a conductor as he is an instrumentalist, leading many of the world's top ensembles in a wide variety of the orchestral repertoire's most demanding works.  A devoted and innovative pedagogue, Mr. Zukerman chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has pioneered the use of distance-learning technology in the arts. In Canada, where he served as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra from 1999-2015, he established the NAC Institute for Orchestra Studies and the Summer Music Institute encompassing the Young Artists, Conductors and Composers Programs.  He currently serves as Conductor Emeritus of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, as well as Artistic Director of its Young Artist Program.

“It was a powerful, memorable performance by a magnificent orchestra and superb conductor."
Palm Beach Daily News


Born in Tel Aviv in 1948, Pinchas Zukerman came to America in 1962 where he studied at The Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. He has been awarded the Medal of Arts, the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence and was appointed as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative's first instrumentalist mentor in the music discipline.  Pinchas Zukerman's extensive discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him 2 Grammy awards and 21 nominations.  His complete recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Philips were released in July 2016, in a 22-disc set spanning Baroque, Classical and Romantic concertos and chamber music.  Fall 2016 sees the Analekta release of “Baroque Treasury” with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, cellist Amanda Forsyth and oboist Charles Hamann in works by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi Telemann and Tartini.  Other recent releases include Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 and Double Concerto with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Ms. Forsyth, recorded in live performances at Ottawa’s Southam Hall, and an album of works by Elgar and Vaughan Williams with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Zukerman in Concert on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November opens with George Enescu’s beautifully lyrical Ballade, followed by Beethoven’s Triple Concerto – a grand tête- à-tête between Zukerman, his hugely talented wife, cellist Amanda Forsyth; and outstanding pianist Angela Cheng, led by the ASO's Principal Conductor, Nicholas Carter. Finally, Zukerman himself conducts the ASO in Brahms's magnificent, watershed First Symphony.


Photo of ASO Principal Conductor, Nicholas Carter by Annette Koroll


Photo of Amanda Forsyth by Mike Byalik

Photo of Angela Cheng by Lisa Kohler


The preceding concert, Zukerman Trio on Wednesday 23 November showcases the superb musicianship of the Zukerman Trio with Glière’s set of duets and Schubert’s bold and lyrical Piano Trio in B flat, followed by Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No 2, a deeply poignant lament for a close friend during WWII.

The final concert Zukerman & Friends on Sunday 27 November features Mendelssohn’s Octet, a jewel of 19th Century music and the centrepoint of this concert, which is curated and performed by Zukerman and his invited guest musicians from the ASO.

This article was written by Michelle Robins, Publications & Communications Coordinator and Kate Lees, Publicist, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.



Zukerman in Concert
Fri 25 & Sat 26 Nov 7.30pm

Pinchas Zukerman Director/Violin
Amanda Forsyth Cello
Angela Cheng Piano
Nicholas Carter Conductor
Enescu Ballade
Beethoven Triple Concerto 
Brahms Symphony No 1 

Zukerman Trio
Wed 23 Nov 7.30pm
Pinchas Zukerman Director/Violin
Amanda Forsyth Cello
Angela Cheng Piano
Glière 7 Pieces 
Shostakovich Piano Trio No 2 
Schubert Piano Trio in B flat 

Zukerman & Friends (Matinee)
Sun 27 Nov 4.30pm
Pinchas Zukerman Director/Violin
Amanda Forsyth Cello
Angela Cheng Piano
With members of the ASO – Natsuko Yoshimoto (violin), Cameron Hill (violin), Michael Milton (violin), Imants Larsens (viola), Simon Cobcroft (cello)
Debussy Cello Sonata
Franck Violin Sonata
Mendelssohn Octet

Masterclass with Pinchas Zukerman
Mon 28 Nov 2pm
Free. Open to the public.
Bookings essential 08 8233 623


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