Uriel Segal was Music Director of Chautauqua Festival in New York State (1989 –2007), Founder-Chief Conductor of Century Orchestra Osaka (1989–1997), Music Director of Louisville Orchestra, in Kentucky USA (1996 – 2004), Principal Conductor of Philharmonia Hungarica and the Bournemouth Symphony, Music Director of Israel Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony (1972-1987)
In February of 2009 Segal conducted the Japanese Premiere of Ligeti’s opera Le Grand Macabre at Tokyo National Theater. Other, more recent highlights have been Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied (Israeli Premiere), Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (Stravinsky Anniversary), Mahler’s Symphony No.4 and Israeli composer Mordechai Seter’s revered oratorio Tikkun Hatzot (Midnight Vigil). He is scheduled for a series of concerts with the Jerusalem Camerata in the 2016-17 season.
Uriel Segal was born in Jerusalem (1944). His winning of the First Prize at the International Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York (1969) was followed by invitations for guest appearances with major European and American orchestras. In Europe Segal led among others the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Stockholm Philharmonic. In the USA and Canada he conducted the Symphony orchestras of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Montreal, and Rochester. In Israel he conducts the Israel Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony among others.
In 1973 Segal made his operatic debut conducting 'The Flying Dutchman' at Santa Fe, and has since conducted opera in Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Israel and the USA.
Segal has recorded for London-Decca and for EMI with the English Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Bournemouth Symphony, New Zealand Symphony and Century Orchestra Osaka, and with soloists Vladimir Ashkenazi, Radu Lupu, Alicia de Larocha and Rudolf Firkusny.
This biography was last updated on 02 - 2016