David Zinman

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David Zinman (born New York City, U.S., 9 July 1936) is an American conductor and violinist.

After early violin studies at the Oberlin Conservatory, Zinman studied theory and composition at the University of Minnesota, earning his M.A. in 1963, and took up conducting at Tanglewood. He then worked in Maine with Pierre Monteux from 1958 to 1962, serving as his assistant from 1961 to 1964.

Zinman held the post of tweede dirigent (second conductor) of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra from 1965 to 1977. He was the principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra from 1979 to 1982.

In the USA, Zinman was music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1974 to 1985. With the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, he was principal guest conductor for two years before becoming the orchestra's music director in 1985. During his Baltimore tenure, he began to implement ideas from the historically informed performance movement in his interpretations of the Beethoven symphonies. At the end of his tenure as music director in 1998 he was named the orchestra's conductor laureate, but in protest at what he saw as the Baltimore orchestra's overly conservative programming in the years since his departure he gave up that title in 2001. In 1998, Zinman was the Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival alongside pianist Mitsuko Uchida. In 1998, he was appointed music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he founded and directed its American Academy of Conducting until suddenly resigning in April 2010.

Zinman became music director of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich in 1995. His innovative programming with that orchestra includes a series of late-night concerts, "Tonhalle Late", which combine classical music and a nightclub setting. His recordings for Arte Nova of the complete Beethoven symphonies were based on the new Jonathan Del Mar critical edition and was acclaimed by critics. He has subsequently recorded Beethoven overtures and concertos with the Tonhalle. He conducted the Tonhalle Orchestra in its first-ever appearance at The Proms in 2003. His current contract with the Tonhalle Orchestra is through 2015.

Zinman also conducted for the soundtrack of the 1993 film version of the New York City Ballet production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. His 1992 recording of Henryk Górecki’s Symphony no.3 with the London Sinfonietta was an international bestseller. In January 2006, he received the Theodore Thomas Award presented by the Conductors' Guild.

In fall 2009, he conducted the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for an elaborate soundtrack, together with composer Diego Baldenweg and music producer Lionel Vincent Baldenweg, for the feature film 180° - AMOK (Source: Werbewoche), which was awarded "best film music 2010" at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Zinman and his wife live in New Jersey and Zürich, Switzerland.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1965 Bach: Concerto in D minor / Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F minor Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin; London Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1986 Klavierkonzerte No.22 & 23 Mozart; Staatskapelle Dresden, David Zinman, Christian Zacharias 1
1989 Enigma Variations / Cockaigne Overture Elgar; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1989 Klavierkonzerte Nr. 20 & 21 Mozart; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, David Zinman, Christian Zacharias 2
1992 Symphony no. 3 Henryk Mikołaj Górecki; Dawn Upshaw, London Sinfonietta, David Zinman 3
1992 Adagio for Strings / Symphony no. 1 / The School for Scandal Samuel Barber; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1994 The New York Album Albert, Bartók, Bloch; Yo‐Yo Ma, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1995 Dance Mix Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / David Zinman 1
1996 Schumann: Piano Concerto / Strauss: Burleske Schumann, Strauss; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, David Zinman, Hélène Grimaud 1
1997 West Side Story / Candide / Fancy Free / Facsimile Leonard Bernstein; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1997 Piano Concertos Gershwin, Ravel; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, Hélène Grimaud 1
1997 Barber: Violin Concerto / Walton: Violin Concerto / Bloch: Baal Shemn Samuel Barber, Sir William Walton, Ernest Bloch; Joshua Bell, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1998 The Protecting Veil / Wake Up... And Die John Tavener; Yo‐Yo Ma, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1999 Beethoven: Concerto for Violin / Bernstein: Serenade Beethoven, Bernstein; Hilary Hahn, David Zinman, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 1
2001 West Side Story Suite Bernstein; Joshua Bell, Philharmonia Orchestra, David Zinman 2
2003 Flute Concertos Ibert, Khachaturian; Emmanuel Pahud, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, David Zinman 1
2005 Piano Concertos no. 3 & 4 Beethoven; Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, David Zinman, Yefim Bronfman 2
2006 Violin Concerto, Violin Romances Ludwig van Beethoven; Christian Tetzlaff, David Zinman, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich 1
2006 Symphonic Poems Antonín Dvořák; Zinman, Neumann, SWR Symphony Orchestra 1
2006 Piano Concerto No. 5 / Choral Fantasy / Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt Beethoven; Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, David Zinman, Yefim Bronfman 1
2006 Symphony No. 1 / Blumine Gustav Mahler; Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman 1
2007 Symphony no. 3 Gustav Mahler; Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Schweizer Kammerchor, Zürcher Sängerknaber, David Zinman 1
2007 Symphony no. 2 Gustav Mahler; Juliane Banse, Anna Larsson, Schweizer Kammerchor, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman 1
2013 Violin Concertos Bruch, Dvořák; Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, David Zinman, Julia Fischer 1
Saint-Saëns: Symphony no. 3 / Dukas: L'Apprenti Sorcier Saint-Saëns; Dukas; Daniel Chorzempa, Edo de Waart, David Zinman 1
Symphonie Fantastique / Roman Carnival Overture / Les Francs-Juges Overture Berlioz; David Zinman, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 Russian Sketches Compilation Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1998 Pelléas et Mélisande Compilation Jean Sibelius, Arnold Schönberg, Gabriel Fauré; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, David Zinman, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2002 Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 1 / Strauss: Burleske Compilation Brahms, Strauss; Staatskapelle Berlin, Kurt Sanderling, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, David Zinman, Hélène Grimaud 1

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