David Zinman returns to the Festival for the first time since 2010 to conduct two exquisite works. On Wednesday, August 7, at 6 p.m. in the New Mexico Museum of Art, he leads the Festival’s first-ever presentation of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, featuring tenor Paul Appleby and Berlin Philharmonic Principal Horn Stefan Dohr in their Festival debuts. The following week, on Sunday, August 11, at 6 p.m. in The Lensic Performing Arts Center, he conducts Mozart’s beloved Serenade in B-flat Major for Winds & Bass, known as the “Gran Partita.”
Renowned for having led many of the world’s great ensembles, Mr. Zinman, who remains a very active conductor, served as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras, and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, which named him conductor laureate following the conclusion of his 19-year tenure in 2014. He also served as music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Orchestre Français des Jeunes, and as principal conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.
David Zinman was born in New York City and studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, University of Minnesota, and Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center. He made his American conducting debut in 1967 with The Philadelphia Orchestra and went on to conduct all the leading North American orchestras as well as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Berlin, Czech, Hong Kong, and London philharmonic orchestras; Bavarian and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestras; Orchestre de Paris; Orchestre national de France; and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, among many others. Mr. Zinman has made more than 100 recordings, which have won five Grammy Awards, two Edison Prizes, two Grand Prix du Disque, a Gramophone Award, and the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis. His honors include the Theodore Thomas Award, “in recognition of outstanding achievement as a conductor and extraordinary service to one’s colleagues in advancing the art and science of conducting”; Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award, “the oldest continuing award honoring conductors for distinguished contributions to American music”; the Midem Classical Artist of the Year Award; and the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. Mr. Zinman is also the first conductor (and the first non-Swiss honoree) to have received the City of Zurich Art Prize.