Yoel Gamzou was born in Tel Aviv into a family of musicians and was the final pupil of Carlo Maria Giulini. He has had a particular affinity for the music of Gustav Mahler since childhood. In 2006, he founded the International Mahler Orchestra (IMO). The following year, at the age of 19, he was awarded the Special Prize at the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition. In 2010, he reconstructed Mahler’s (unfinished) 10th Symphony from the composer’s own notes and outline. The score was published by Schott Music and the symphony had its premiere performance in Berlin with Yoel Gamzou conducting the IMO. A recording of the work received the ECHO Klassik Award in 2017. As Musical Director of the Theater Bremen since the 2017/2018 season, Yoel Gamzou conducted the highly acclaimed new production of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mzensk District. Prior to that, he was chief conductor of the Staatsorchester and First Kappelmeister of the Staatstheater in Kassel, where he conducted numerous concerts and opera productions, including Fidelio, Tosca, Rigoletto and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He has made guest appearances conducting numerous orchestras including the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin, the Frankfurter Museumorchester, the Deutsches Radio-Sinfonieorchester, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Belgrade, Stuttgart, Jena Orchestras, the Saint-Gallen and Aachen Symphony Orchestras, the Mozarteum Orchester of Salzburg, and the Malaysian and Israel Philharmonic. During the 2019-2020 season, he conducted new productions of Jenůfa and Der Rosenkavalier in Bremen and he made his Deutsche Oper debut in Berlin with Tosca. He has conducted concerts at the head of the BBC Philharmonic, the Saarbrucken Orchestra, the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brandenburg Youth Philharmonic.
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