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, Munich Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra Roma, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 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, he 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 the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra Bastille, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco Opera, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, as well as the Teatro Real de Madrid. 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.
In February 2010, Pinchas Steinberg made his debut at La Scala 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, Hamburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National in Paris, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo.
Opera highlights of the last seasons include i.a. Salome and Die tote Stadt at Opéra Bastille, Simon Boccanegra at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Aida and Andrea Chénier at Vienna State Opera, latter work at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Hungarian State Opera Budapest as well, in Budapest he also led the productions Tannhäuser, Parsifal, Salome, Otello, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, Macbeth and Turandot at Bavarian State Opera Munich, La Gioconda and a concert version of Verdi’s Attila at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Philharmonie Berlin, La Battaglia di Legnano and Madama Butterfly at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Falstaff, Madama Butterfly, Aida, Les contes d’Hoffmann and Der fliegende Holländer in Naples, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Samson et Dalila, Violanta and Hansel and Gretel in Torino, Un ballo in maschera at Grand-Théâtre de Genève, Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal at Finnish National Opera Helsinki, latter work also at Opera Australia Sydney, Elektra in Marseille as well as Nabucco at Chorégies d’Orange.
In the season 22/23 Steinberg will, amongst other engagements, conduct a concert with Michael Volle in Budapest with the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, La Damnation de Faust at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and La Gioconda at the Opera Australia in Sydney.
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.
Má vlast / Elbphilharmonie Hamburg / 18.12.19 / welt.de
"Steinberg sorgte dafür, dass die Vielfalt instrumentaler Klangfarben immer wieder in unterschiedlichsten Hörperspektiven zur Geltung kam."
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"