Pinchas Zukerman, as a violinist, violist and conductor, plus his commitment to cultivating the next generation, is one of the music world’s outstanding personalities. Born in Tel Aviv in 1948, he first studied under Ilona Feher, then from 1962 under Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School in New York. First prize at the New York Leventritt Competition in 1967 paved the way for Zukerman’s international solo career. In addition to his work with the world’s leading orchestras, Pinchas Zukerman was, among other things, musical director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for seven years, and also spent many years in charge of the South Bank Festival in London and the Summer Music Festival in Dallas. From 1999 to 2015, Pinchas Zukerman was chief conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, and since 2009 he has also been principal guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. His close friends and chamber music partners include Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell and Yefim Bronfman. In 2013, together with cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng, he founded the Zukerman Trio. As an educator, Zukerman has initiated several programmes for young artists, including the “Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program” at the Manhattan School of Music and the Young Artist Program in Ottawa, which he still directs.