“Time and again he elicited from the musicians of the Radio Philharmonic moments of unusual and surprising nuance, so that at times one felt one was hearing the all too familiar “Pastoral” as if for the first time. There were well-deserved bravos for Atzmon’s compelling but completely unpretentious conducting.”
Moshe Atzmon is 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. In the 2010/11 season he conducted Carmen and Tosca for the Hungarian State Opera.
Atzmon has been Chief Conductor of the NDR Sinfonieorchester in Hamburg, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra (he is now their Conductor Laureate), the Basel Orchestra Society, the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the KBS Philharmonic Orchestra in Seoul, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Bretagne. The 2010/11 season included engagements in Finland, South America, Japan (NHK Symphony and Tokyo Metropolitan), the Netherlands and St Petersburg, amongst several others.
Moshe Atzmon has conducted in all the important music centres of the world, working with many of the great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, and the major London orchestras. He has also recently returned to the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi of Milan, and went to Budapest for “Nabucco” in autumn 2009.
Atzmon was born in Hungary, where he began his musical education in Budapest. When he was thirteen, 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 was awarded second prize at the Mitropoulos International 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.