David Zinman


David Zinman

David Zinman is an American conductor and violinist.

Life and Music

  • Born in 1936 in New York, David Zinman first studied the violin at the age of 6. Later, he graduated from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Ohio and pursued advanced work in composition at the University of Minnesota.
  • David Zinman then studied conducting at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center. There, he came to the attention of Pierre Monteux, who, in 1961, invited him to be his assistant with the London Symphony Orchestra. He was given his first important conducting opportunities and at the 1963 Holland Festival, David Zinman was hailed by critics as a major conducting discovery.
  • In 1964 David Zinman became one of the youngest conductors of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam where he stayed until 1977.
  • His success in Holland soon led to his appointment as conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 1979-1982. David Zinman was then made Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic 1974-1985, where he made numerous recordings and tours, and his reputation in the States was established.
  • David Zinman took up his post as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich at the start of the 1995/6 seasons, having conducted the Orchestra regularly as a guest since 1983.
  • He has toured extremely successfully with the orchestra in Europe, the United States and Japan, accompanied by renowned soloists such as Alfred Brendel, Radu Lupu, Yefim Bronfman, Joshua Bell, Helene Grimaud, Viktoria Mullova, Julia Fischer, Thomas Zehetmair and Yo-Yo Ma.

Did you know?
In autumn 2009 David Zinman and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich recorded an elaborate soundtrack together with composer Diego Baldenweg and music producer Lionel Vincent Baldenweg for a feature film called 180° - AMOK. This project was honoured with the prize for Best Film Music 2010 at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Top David Zinman Pieces