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Lahav Shani

Conductor, Piano
Chief Conductor, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Music Director Designate, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra / Principal Guest Conductor, Wiener Symphoniker

  • Lahav Shani has established himself as one of the most talked about conducting talents today, making a huge impression with his astonishing maturity and innate musicality. Since September 2018 he has been Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In the 20/21 season he will become Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, taking over from Zubin Mehta who has held this position for 50 years. In the 17/18 season he became Principal Guest Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

  • Lahav Shani hat sich als einer der gefragtesten jungen Dirigenten etabliert und beieindruckt mit seiner erstaunlichen Reife und natürlichen, instinktiven Musikalität. Im September 2018 übernahm er die Position des neuen Chefdirigenten des Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest von Yannick Nézet-Séguin und wurde damit zum jüngsten Chefdirigent in der Geschichte des Orchesters. In der Saison 2020/21 übernimmt Lahav Shani zudem die Künstlerische Leitung des Israel Philharmonic Orchestra als Nachfolger von Zubin Mehta und wird ab der Saison 2019/20 auch die Position des Music Director Designate innehaben.

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  • In June 2016 Shani debuted with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra as conductor and solo pianist. No less than two months later, his appointment as Chief Conductor was announced and he became the youngest conductor to hold the position in the orchestra’s history. During his first season in the role, Shani led the orchestra in concerts across Europe, China and Taiwan, and in spring 2020 he will tour with them across the USA.

    Shani’s close relationship with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra began over 10 years ago. He debuted with the orchestra aged sixteen, and in 2007 performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto under the baton of Zubin Mehta aged eighteen. He then went on to play regularly with the orchestra as a double bassist. In 2013, after winning the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg, the orchestra invited him to step in to conduct their season-opening concerts. Since then, he has returned to the orchestra every year as both a conductor and pianist, to lead the final concert of their 80th Anniversary celebrations in December 2016. In the 19/20 season he will have the title Music Director Designate.

    Shani works regularly with the Staatskapelle Berlin, both in opera productions at the Staatsoper Berlin and for symphonic concerts. Recent and upcoming guest conductor highlights include engagements with Vienna Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchester, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Philharmonia Orchestra.

    Born in Tel Aviv in 1989, Shani began his piano studies aged six with Hannah Shalgi, before continuing with Prof. Arie Vardi at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. He went on to study conducting under Prof. Christian Ehwald and piano with Prof. Fabio Bidini at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler, Berlin; and was mentored by Daniel Barenboim during his time there.

    As a pianist, the 19/20 season sees Shani perform Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments with Valery Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin. He has play-directed piano concerti with many orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Shani also has considerable experience performing chamber music and in recital and is a regular performer at the Verbier Festival, and has also appeared at the Aix-en-Provence Easter and Jerusalem Chamber Music Festivals.

    2019/20 season / 479 words. Not to be altered without permission.
  • Nach seinem Debüt im Mai 2015 und mehereren darauffolgenden Engagements wurde Shani in der Spielzeit 2017/18 zum Ersten Gastdirigenten der Wiener Symphoniker ernannt. Zu den Höhepunkten dieser und kommender Spielzeiten gehören Konzerte mit den Wiener Philharmonikern, dem Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, dem London Symphony Orchestra, dem Königlichen Concertgebouw-Orchester Amsterdam, der Staatskapelle Dresden, dem Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, dem Budapest Festival Orchester, dem Boston Symphony Orchestra, dem Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, dem Philharmonia Orchestra, dem Orchestre de Paris, dem Philadelphia Orchestra, dem Königlichen Philharmonischen Orchester Stockholm, den Bamberger Symphonikern und dem Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

    Shanis enge Beziehung mit dem Israel Philharmonic began in 2007, als er Tschaikowskis Klavierkonzert unter der Leitung von Zubin Mehta spielte und vertiefte sich in den darauffolgenden Jahren in der Zusammenarbeit als Pianist und Kontrabasisst.

    1989 in Tel Aviv geboren, begann Shani mit sechs Jahren sein Klavierstudium mit Hannah Shalgi und dann mit Prof. Arie Vardi an der Buchmann-Mehta Musikschule in Tel Aviv. Danach absolvierte er sein Dirigierstudium mit Prof. Christian Ehwald und sein Klavierstudium mit Prof. Fabio Bidini an der Hochschule für Musik ‚Hanns Eisler‘ Berlin. Während seines Studiums unterstützte auch Daniel Barenboim seine Karriere. 2013 gewann er den ersten Preis beim Gustav-Mahler-Dirigentenwettberb in Bamberg.

    Als Pianist gab Shani sein Solorezitaldebüt im Boulezsaal in Berlin im Juli 2018. Klavierkonzerte leitet er oft vom Klavier aus, z.B. mit dem Philharmonia Orchestra, der Staatskapelle Berlin und dem Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Als Solist trat er jüngst mit dem Königlichen Concertgebouw-Orchester Amsterdam auf und spielte das Beethoven Tripelkonzert mit Renaud und Gautier Capuçon und dem Israel Philharmonic. Shani hat außerdem reiche Erfahrung im Kammermusikspiel und trat vor kurzem beim Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, in der Kölner Philharmonie und beim Verbier Festival auf.

    Lahav Shani wird weltweit von Intermusica repräsentiert
    Spielzeit 2018/19 / 362 Wörter. Darf nicht ohne vorherige Genehmigung geändert werden.


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Conducting highlights

Vienna Philharmonic
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
London Symphony Orchestra
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Dresden Staatskapelle
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Staatskapelle Berlin
Vienna Symphony
Israel Philharmonic
Philharmonia Orchestra
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestre de Paris
Philadelphia Orchestra
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestre National de Lyon

Shani imbued the work [Mahler Symphony No.1] with such a mature, noble composure and a striving for perfection that was clear to everyone on the day that nobody could believe he was only 26... pure authority, refined by exceptional skill.

Wiener Zeitung

It scarcely seems possible to have a greater beauty of sound and joy in performance than that offered by Lahav Shani.

Berliner Morgenpost

This concert will be remembered as a dizzying, perhaps even historic, event in the history of the Israeli Philharmonic… The last time I saw such enthusiasm for a young conductor at the IPO was for the first appearance of Gustavo Dudamel in the country.

Globes (Israel)

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