Among my plans, activities and resolutions for the New Year, I have decided that every day I will listen to a new piece that I had never heard before by a living composer. This blog brings my impressions of my favorite ones.
Aspiring to bring young and new audiences to the concert halls, Yaniv Dinur has been connecting with people around the world through his guest conducting appearances with leading orchestras, his music education video series, Looking Into the Music , and weekly blog about contemporary music.
Born in Jerusalem in 1981, Dinur has performed with orchestras in Israel, Europe, The United States, Canada and Mexico. He is a winner of numerous conducting awards, among them the 2nd Prize at the 2009 Mata International Conducting Competition in Mexico, and the Yuri Ahronovitch 1st Prize in the 2005 Aviv Conducting Competitions in Israel. He was chosen by the League of American Orchestras to be a featured conductor in the 2011 Bruno Walter Conducting Preview, and he is a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Zubin Mehta Scholarship Endowment.
Dinur started his conducting career at the age of 19, performing with the Israel Camerata, making him the youngest conductor ever to conduct an orchestra in Israel. Since then, he also conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, New World Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Solisti di Perugia, Torino Philharmonic, Portugal Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, State Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM in Mexico, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.
Dinur has worked closely with such world-class musicians as Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Pinchas Zukerman, and Kurt Masur. He holds a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he studied with Prof. Kenneth Kiesler.
Yaniv Dinur is a passionate lecturer and music educator. He has made it his mission to bring college students to the concert halls, and he often meets with students in universities around the world and introduces them to classical music. Currently Director of Orchestral Activities at American University in Washington, DC, he lectures regularly about the connections between classical music, pop music, architecture, painting, sculpture, dance, as well as everyday life. He has lectured in such venues as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the University of Minnesota, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In 2012, he founded the conducting studio at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Dinur began studying the piano at the age of 6 with his aunt, Olga Shachar, and later with Prof. Alexander Tamir, Tatiana Alexanderov, and Mark Dukelsky. At the age of 16, he began to study conducting with Dr. Evgeny Zirlin. While still in high school, Dinur began his formal studies with Dr. Zirlin at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. After graduating from the Jerusalem Academy, he studied privately with conductor Mendi Rodan. He served in the Israeli army's Excellent Musicians unit. During his service tenure, he conducted the Education Corps Orchestra and wrote musical arrangements for the army’s various ensembles.