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Steven Sloane

Artist’s biography

American-Israeli conductor Steven Sloane is a visionary whose creative concepts and outstanding artistic merits have garnered respect in artistic circles, as well as in the realm of cultural politics. A student of Eugene Ormandy, Franco Ferrara and Gary Bertini, he quickly set off for an international career and served as Music Director of the Spoleto Festival USA, Opera North in Leeds, the American Composers Orchestra, as Principal Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, as well as Artistic Director of ‘Ruhr.2010’ Capital of Culture.

Since 1994, Steven Sloane has been the General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony, which he transformed into one of Germany’s leading orchestras. He was instrumental in the building and realization of the orchestra’s own music center, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr, inaugurating the hall in 2016 to international acclaim. Other extraordinary achievements of his work with the Bochum Symphony include the exceptional production of Zimmermann's Die Soldaten at the Ruhrtriennale (2006) and at the New York Lincoln Center Festival (2008), the celebrated Mahler/Ives cycle at the Philharmonie Essen, and numerous CD projects, including the complete recording of Joseph Marx’s orchestral works.

In September 2020, Steven Sloane took up his new post as Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, introducing several new concert series and formats in his first season. The highlight will be the annual Psalm Festival, featuring the musical diversity of Judaism, Islam and Christianity in their common tradition. At the end of the season he will conduct several concerts of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Germany, including a joint performance of Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra in the Jahrhunderthalle, with which he will bid farewell to Bochum as GMD. He will remain associated with the Bochum Symphony as Honorary Conductor with productions such as Wagner's Ring Tetralogy directed by Keith Warner, which is scheduled to start in spring 2021.

Steven Sloane is a frequent guest with prestigious orchestras, including London Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Philharmonia Orchestra London, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2018, Steven Sloane has been Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor at Malmö Opera, where he is conducting a new production of Falstaff in the current season. As a sought-after opera conductor, he has been welcomed at houses such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Le Nozze di Figaro), the Los Angeles Opera (Dido and Aeneas/ Bluebeard's Castle), San Francisco Opera (Wallace: Bonesetter's Daughter), Royal Danish Opera (Madama Butterfly), Grand Théâtre de Genève (Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream), Houston Grand Opera (Die Sache Makropulos, Zauberflöte), Welsh National Opera (Iphigénie en Tauride), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen) and Stuttgart Opera (Macbeth) as well as at festivals in Hong Kong (Salome), Santa Fe (Káťa Kabanová), Edinburgh (Genoveva), Salzburg (Feldman: Neither) and New York (Turnage's Anna Nicole at the NY City Opera). His most recent opera accomplishments include the Berlin premiere of Reimann's Medea at the Komische Oper, Adriana Lecouvreur at the Oper Frankfurt, Der Fliegende Holländer and Tosca in Malmö and Salome at the Spoleto Festival USA.

Education and promoting young musicians have always been of great importance to Steven Sloane. He has regularly conducted youth orchestras such as Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Bundesjugendorchester and Young Israel Philharmonic, and since 2013 has served as professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin, where he founded the International Conducting Academy Berlin.

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