Yaniv Dinur, conductor

Currently Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony and newly appointed Music Director of the New Bedford Symphony in Massachusetts, Yaniv Dinur is a rapidly rising young conductor. His debut at the Round Top Festival in June, according to Program Director Alain Declert, "will remain as one of the most successful ever." He has also guest conducted prominent American orchestras, including the Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, New World Symphony and the San Antonio Symphony.

Mr. Dinur's conducting career began at the age of 19 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, which led to multiple return engagements. Following his European debut, he was invited to perform with the Israel Camerata in Jerusalem, making him the youngest conductor ever to conduct a professional orchestra in Israel. Since then, he has conducted orchestras around the world, including the Israel Philharmonic, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Portugal Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Solisti di Perugia, State Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Torino Philharmonic and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Broadcast live on Israeli radio, he has conducted for the Jerusalem Symphony’s Young Artists Competition since 2003.

Among his numerous honors are the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards. In 2011 he was chosen by the League of American Orchestras to be a featured conductor at the Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview in New Orleans. Other awards include Second Prize at the International Eduardo Mata 2009 Conducting Competition in Mexico City; the Yuri Ahronovitch First Prize at the 2005 Aviv Conducting Competition in Israel; as well as grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Zubin Mehta Scholarship Endowment.

Mr. Dinur is a passionate lecturer and music educator. He has made it his mission to bring college students to the concert halls, and he often meets with students in universities around the world to introduce them to classical music. In addition, he lectures regularly about the connections between music and the visual arts, a subject that he has been exploring in the past decade. He has lectured in such venues as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the University of Minnesota, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In 2012 he founded the conducting studio at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and has created and taught several courses at the Jerusalem Academy as well as the Dante Alighieri Society in Israel.

Former Director of Orchestral Activities at American University in Washington D.C., Mr. Dinur has worked closely with such world-class conductors as Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Pinchas Zukerman, Kurt Masur and Jorma Panula. He holds a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance where he was a student of Kenneth Kiesler.

Born in Jerusalem in 1981, Yaniv Dinur began studying the piano at the age of six with his aunt, Olga Shachar, and later with Prof. Alexander Tamir, Tatiana Alexanderov and Mark Dukelsky. At the age of 16, he began to study conducting with Dr. Evgeny Zirlin. While still in high school, Mr. Dinur began his formal studies with Dr. Zirlin at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. After graduating from the Jerusalem Academy, he studied privately with conductor Mendi Rodan. During his required service in the Israeli army, he conducted the Education Corps Orchestra and wrote musical arrangements for the army’s various ensembles.