BiographyCritically acclaimed for his profound and deeply musical interpretations of the most demanding repertoire, both opera and symphonic, Pinchas Steinberg is one of the leading conductors performing today. He has distinguished himself for many years as a regular guest of the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe, and more recently in the United States. In December 2001 Mr. Steinberg made a triumphant concert debut with the Cleveland orchestra and since then he returns to Cleveland on a regular basis.
Born in Israel, Pinchas Steinberg studied violin under Joseph Gingold and Jascha Heifetz in the USA, and composition under Boris Blacher in Berlin. In 1974 he made his conducting debut with the RIAS Symphony Orchestra in Berlin. This was the first of a long series of prestigious orchestra engagements, including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Orchestre National de France, Czech Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra Roma, London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, among many others. He also conducts regularly the Budapest Festival Orchestra and has conducted at other festivals including Salzburg, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Munich, Tanglewood, Blossom, Verona, Orange, Flanders and the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch.
From 1988 to 1993, Mr.Steinberg held the position of Permanent Guest Conductor at the Vienna State Opera. His performances of opera have taken him to leading opera houses around the world, including London's ROH Covent Garden, Paris, Munich, San Francisco, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, and Vienna. Between 1989 and 1996, he was Chief Conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, and between 2002 and 2005 he was Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva.
His highly acclaimed recordings include Wagner's Der fliegende Hollander, Catalani's La Wally for BMG and Richard Strauss' Die schweigsame Frau. His recording of Massenet's Cherubin was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d'Or, the German Critics Prize and the Caecilia Prize Bruxelles. Mr. Steinberg's latest recording is Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito for RCA, recorded live with the Munich Radio Orchestra.
In February 2010, Pinchas Steinberg made his La Scala debut conducting three concerts of Schumann's Faust Szenen with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. Recent symphonic engagements include concerts in Budapest, Rome, Cincinnati, Turin, Sydney, Naples, Prague, Moscow, and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
He also led the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Orchestre National in Paris, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo.
The season of 2011/12 Mr. Steinberg opened at the Opera Bastille Paris with a production of Strauss' Salome. In January 2012, he made a triumphant return to the Vienna State Opera, conducting Giordano's Andrea Chénier. In 2013, he achieved great success with his interpretation of Verdi’s Attila, performed in a concert version with the Deutsche Oper Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie.
Other opera engagements of the past seasons include Wagner's Parsifal in Helsinki, Verdi's La Battaglia di Legnano and Puccini's Madama Butterfly in Rome, Korngold's Die tote Stadt in Paris and Madrid, Strauss’ Elektra in Marseille, Verdi’s Aida at the Vienna State Opera, Falstaff, Madama Butterfly, and Aida as well as Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer in Naples, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Helsinki, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, and Hansel and Gretel at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Nabucco at the Chorégies d’Orange, and Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Tannhauser, Otello, Andrea Chenier, Salome, and Parsifal in Budapest.
Projects of the recent past include, among other things, Samson et Dalila in Turin, Andrea Chenier in Budapest and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Simon Boccanegra at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Gioconda at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Parsifal in Helsinki as well as at the opera in Sydney (with Jonas Kaufmann).
Also in the season 2017/18, Mr. Steinberg will be on the conductor’s stand at numerous houses. Among other things, he undertakes the musical direction of Andrea Chénier at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Macbeth at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Parsifal at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki, as well as of La Gioconda at Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Parsifal / Opera Australia / 11.08.17 / dailytelegraph.com.au
"Steinberg's judgment of tempo was spot-on"
Parsifal / Opera Australia / 09.-14.08.17 / stagewhispers.com.au
"exceptional at driving Wagner's imposing sweeping melodies and marches"
Parsifal / Opera Australia / 10.08.17 / smh.com.au
"Steinberg achieved the unbounded effect of chant and dreamlike association"
Simon Boccanegra / l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo / 14.03.17 / resmusica.com
"avec un égal bonheur"
Simon Boccanegra / l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo / 07.03.17 / opera-online.com
"pas un détail de la partition n'échappe à sa baguette"
Simon Boccanegra / l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo / 06.03.17 / operalounge.de
"untadelige musikalische Leitung"