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Honorary Conductor Moshe Atzmon

Jyväskylä Sinfonia appointed Moshe Atzmon as the first Honorary Conductor of Jyväskylä Sinfonia on 16.11.2016 in Maestro's Heritage concert that was also the farewell concert of Atzmon in Jyväskylä. Atzmon served as the Principal Guest Conductor of Jyväskylä Sinfonia in 2014-2016. Moshe Atzmon conducted Jyväskylä Sinfonia for the first time in 2004 and after that, he has led the orchestra over ten times.

Moshe Atzmon has been Chief Conductor of the NDR Sinfonieorchester in Hamburg, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra (he is now their Conductor Laureate), Basel Orchestra Society, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the KBS Philharmonic Orchestra in Seoul, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Bretagne. He is also well-known both in the opera house and on the concert platform. He was General Music Director of Dortmund Opera for several years and has conducted at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Basel State Opera, Istanbul Opera, and Royal Danish Opera amongst others. Atzmon conducted in Finland for the first time in 1967, when he conducted Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Moshe Atzmon has conducted in all the important music centres of the world working with many of the great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and the major London Orchestras.

Moshe Atzmon was born in Hungary in 1931 where he began his musical education in Budapest. When he was young, his family emigrated to Israel where he continued at the Academies of Music in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem studying the cello, horn, conducting, and composition. After graduating he became a professional horn player before continuing his conducting studies in 1960 at London's Guildhall School of Music and working with the late Antal Dorati. Three years later, he took second prize at the Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York followed by the Leonard Bernstein Prize at Tanglewood and in 1964, he was awarded First Prize at the Liverpool International Conducting Competition.

Moshe Atzmon has made many recordings, principally for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, EMI, and BIS.


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